Chairman's Press

May 12, 2009

Chairman Kerry On Poison Attacks Against Girls in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to news reports of extremists conducting poison attacks on girls schools in Afghanistan: "I am deeply troubled by reports of poison attacks on school girls in Afghanistan, endangering hundreds of students and teachers. Today's attack on girls in a school in Kapisa province follows two recent attacks on school girls in the nearby town of Charikar in Parvan … Continue Reading


May 05, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement On The Situation In Georgia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement on the attempted munity in Georgia: "It is our understanding that the mutineers have been apprehended and the situation is now calm. Georgia is an independent, democratic republic and any attempt to change the government of that country through non-democratic means is unacceptable. The Georgian people are committed to live in a sovereign, democratic nation and the… Continue Reading


May 01, 2009

Kerry, Lugar, Casey Mark World Press Freedom Day

WASHINGTON, DC -- In advance of World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Member Senator Dick Lugar (R-IL) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, joined to release the following statement: "World Press Freedom Day, Sunday May 3, is an important reminder that a free press promotes an open marketplace of ideas and provides publ… Continue Reading


April 22, 2009

Chairman Kerry Applauds Confirmation Of Christopher Hill As U.S. Ambassador To Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) made the following statement today after a vote by the Senate to confirm President Obama's nominee to be the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Christopher R. Hill of Rhode Island: "It took much longer than it should have, but I am pleased that Chris Hill has finally been confirmed as President Obama's Ambassador to Iraq. He is one of the best diplomats we have in our country. Despite the significant security impr… Continue Reading


April 17, 2009

Kerry Statement on Global Warming "Endangerment Finding"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s announcement that greenhouse gases pose a threat to public health and welfare: "Today's announcement must serve as wake up call to anyone still left in Congress who doubts the urgent need to address global climate change. The science is screaming at us, and it's time for Congress to act. I applaud the EPA for c… Continue Reading


April 17, 2009

Chairman Kerry Announces Agreement by Sudanese Leaders to Tripartite Talks on the Implementation of the Vital North-South Peace Agreement

KHARTOUM, SUDAN- Last evening, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry issued the following statement after meetings yesterday in Sudan: "After a series of discussions with Sudanese leaders from both the North and South of Sudan, I can announce that leaders from the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) have made commitments to enter into tripartite talks with President Obama's Special Envoy for Sudan, General Gration, to reengage in… Continue Reading


April 16, 2009

Chairman Kerry To Seek Ratification Of Arms Trafficking Treaty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement in response to President Obama call for the ratification of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms, Explosives, and Other Related Materials Treaty. It is commonly known by its Spanish acronym CIFTA: "I welcome President Obama's support for CIFTA. It sends an important message of our country's commitment to help address the … Continue Reading


April 13, 2009

Chairman Kerry Applauds President Obama's Changes To Cuba Policy

Washington, D.C.--- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to President Obama's easing of Cuba restrictions for Cuban Americans families: "President Obama has made the right call to remove restrictions that have only set back the cause of a democratic Cuba by preventing Cuban Americans from visiting their family members and providing financial support to families remaining on the island. These changes are both compassi… Continue Reading


April 10, 2009

Kerry on Pirate Attack on U.S. Flagged Ship off Coast of Somalia

BOSTON - Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to a pirate attack on a U.S. flagged ship off the coast of Somalia. "These acts of piracy off of Somalia's coastline may seem surreal, but they're all too real and a thorough policy debate is long overdue. When Americans, including at least one from Massachusetts, are endangered, you've got a complicated and dangerous international situation brewing, an… Continue Reading


April 05, 2009

Chairman Kerry Calls For Unified And Stern Response To North Korea's Missile Test

Washington, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to North Korea's Missile Test: "North Korea's launch of a Taepo Dong missile is a provocative act that calls for a stern, unified response from the members of the Six Party Talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The United States should immediately call on the international community to strictly enforce UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and … Continue Reading


April 05, 2009

Chairman Kerry Applauds President Obama's Nuclear Nonproliferation Stance in Prague

Washington, D.C.---Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to President Obama's speech in Prague: "The President is absolutely correct that our long-term goal must be a world free from nuclear weapons, and I look forward to working closely with him and his Administration on the ambitious but practical agenda he has set out today. In particular, I applaud the President's proposal to host a Global Summit on Nuclear Secu… Continue Reading


April 03, 2009

Senate Passes Budget Resolution That Includes Four Billion Dollars Restored To The International Affairs Budget By Chairman Kerry

Washington, D.C. - This evening, the Senate passed President Obama's FY2010 budget resolution, including $4 billion restored to President's international affairs budget by the April 1 passage of the Kerry-Lugar amendment. The $4 billion will make it possible for the Administration to pursue critical foreign policy and national security objectives including: increasing foreign aid to vital programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan; rebuilding the diplomatic and development capacity of the Depa… Continue Reading


April 02, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement on G-20 Summit Agreement

Washington, D.C. - Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to the communiqu? by G-20 leaders on their plan to deal with the global economic crisis: "The willingness of G-20 leaders to bridge their differences and demonstrate unity of purpose in tackling the global economic crisis will go a long way to restore confidence in the governments, markets and institutions that have been most affected. The sweeping reforms to tackle banki… Continue Reading


April 01, 2009

Kerry, Lugar Amendment To Restore Full Funding To President Obama's International Affairs Budget

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, on the Senate floor today introduced an amendment to restore four billion dollars in cuts to the President's international affairs budget. The senator's full remarks as prepared are below: If the first years of the twenty-first century have taught us anything about national security, it is that in a globalized world, our problems are interconnected, and so-ultimately-is our security. We are endangered by … Continue Reading


March 31, 2009

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Orders Reported Key Nominees and Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, the Committee on Foreign Relations held a business meeting to consider eight nominations and seven pieces of legislation. The Committee favorably reported, by voice vote, the following nominees and pieces of legislation: Nominations Esther Brimmer to be Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Karl Eikenberry to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Timothy Geithner to be U.S. Governor of the International Monetary F… Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

Chairman Kerry Urges Sri Lankan President to Protect Civilians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry sent a letter to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressing his grave concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in that country and its government's failure to allow humanitarian groups full access to provide relief. Senator Kerry and Senator Richard Lugar, ranking Republican on the Committee, released a statement last month calling on both the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to p… Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

Chairman Kerry Advocates A New Partnership In US-Russian Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered a speech today titled, "A New Partnership for a New Moment in US-Russian Relations" on the United States policy toward Russia. Below are Senator Kerry's remarks, as delivered: We all know that in recent years, America's relationship with Russia reached its lowest and least constructive phase in two decades. The President who once looked into Putin's eyes and saw his soul regrettably didn't see h… Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

Chairman Kerry Welcomes President Obama's New Strategy for Afghanistan-Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to President Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan: "President Obama's new strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan is realistic and bold in a critical region where our policy needs rescuing," said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry. "Many of us have long advocated more troops for training Afghan security forces and a clear mission… Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Nomination Hearing for President Obama's Nominee for Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) announced the nomination hearing for Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry, President Obama's nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. "At this crucial moment, after too many years of policy drift, we simply must get our Afghanistan strategy right. With the Taliban resurgent and U.S. troops increasingly at risk, we cannot afford a continuation of the status quo," said Chairman Kerry. "At such … Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement on Christopher Hill Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following opening remarks for the nomination hearing for Christopher Hill, President Obama's nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. Full text as prepared is below: This Committee will hold many hearings this year, but few more important than this week's confirmation hearings for Ambassadors to Iraq and Afghanistan. 143,000 American military personnel remain in harm's way in Iraq and abo… Continue Reading

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