Ranking Member's Press

April 06, 2011

Senator Kerry Introduces Bill To Encourage Democratization In Belarus

Washington, DC - After introducing legislation to extend and reauthorize the Belarus Democracy Act of 2004, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "Over a hundred days have passed since Alexander Lukashenko staged a fraudulent election, arrested candidates who dared to stand against him, and suppressed Belarusians' access to free press and information. While international media attention has moved on to events elsewhere, we have not forgot… Continue Reading


April 06, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Libya Hearing

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired the Committee's second hearing to examine the situation in Libya. The Honorable Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, Tom Malinowski, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch, and Dr. Dirk J. Vandewalle, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, testified. Full text of Chairman Kerry's statement as prepared: Thank you all for coming. We convene today to again examine the evolv… Continue Reading


April 05, 2011

Chairman Kerry Congratulates Haitian President-Elect Martelly

Washington, DC - Last night, Haitian election authorities officially announced that Michel Martelly won the second round presidential election, held on March 20. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "I congratulate Mr. Martelly on his election as President of Haiti and applaud his second-round opponent, Mirlande Manigat, the Haitian government, and the Haitian people for the vigorous, peaceful, and fair contest. The landslide victory is… Continue Reading


April 04, 2011

Chairman Kerry On Cote d’Ivoire: Former President Gbagbo Must Step Aside

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today in response to the deteriorating situation in Cote d'Ivoire: "I'm gravely concerned about the escalating violence in Cote d'Ivoire, particularly the accounts of alleged atrocities in the western part of the country. The people elected Alassane Ouattara as their next President and the result was certified by the international community, including the African Union and the United N… Continue Reading


April 01, 2011

Chairman Kerry Delays Additional Spending On “Democracy Promotion” Programs In Cuba

Washington, DC - After receiving notification that the U.S. Agency for International Development intends to spend another $20 million for "democracy promotion" programs in Cuba, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) said today that he would oppose the spending until a full review of the programs is completed. He issued the following statement: "We all hope the Cuban people achieve greater freedom and prosperity in the future consistent with their aspirations, and I have… Continue Reading


April 01, 2011

Chairman Kerry On UN Workers Killed In Afghanistan

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today in response to the killing of UN workers in Mazar-i-Sharif: "I am saddened and angered by the deaths of the United Nations workers in Afghanistan today. We and the Afghan people owe a debt of gratitude to the people who risk their lives to make Afghanistan a better place. Instead, an angry mob took out its rage on selfless public servants and innocent bystanders who had no conne… Continue Reading


March 31, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Situation In Syria

Washington, DC - At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Libya this afternoon, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) commented on the latest developments in Syria: "Violence against peaceful protesters is unacceptable -- whether in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen or anyplace else -- and betrays the values that we, as Americans, respect and that people everywhere should share. I am particularly concerned about the violence against protesters in Syria. President Bashar al-Assad did not use his speech yes… Continue Reading


March 31, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Libya Hearing

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing this afternoon to discuss the way forward on Libya. Full text of Chairman Kerry's statement as prepared: Thank you all for coming this afternoon. We are here today to discuss the situation in Libya and we are pleased to have Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg with us. Jim, I understand that you will be leaving government to return to academia as dean of the Maxwell School at Syracuse Universit… Continue Reading


March 28, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Disappearance Of Chinese Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today in response to the judgment by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the disappearance of Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng: "I commend the thorough investigation by the independent UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention into the disappearance of Gao Zhisheng, the Chinese lawyer and human rights advocate. I am deeply concerned for Gao's welfare, and I call on the Chinese gove… Continue Reading


March 26, 2011

Op-ed By Chairman Kerry: Libya And The Just Use Of American Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed that appears in today's Wall Street Journal titled "Libya And The Just Use of American Force." The full text of the op-ed is below: Wall Street Journal Libya And The Just Use Of American Force By John Kerry The seas of people who thronged Cairo's Tahrir Square are gone now. But walking across its now-celebrated ground this week, I couldn't help but remember the inspiring scenes o… Continue Reading


March 25, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The President’s Meeting With Members Of Congress On Libya

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "This afternoon, President Obama provided senior policymakers from both parties a very thorough and substantive update on where things stand in Libya. Encouraging progress is being made in enforcing the UN Security Council Resolution and protecting the Libyan people, and the President's briefing was especially instructive for all of us. It was a candid discussion that also covered … Continue Reading


March 24, 2011

Chairman Kerry Urges Resumption Of Carefully Monitored Food Aid For North Korea

Washington, DC - Today, the UN World Food Program (WFP) released an assessment of the food situation in parts of North Korea and the results are dire. The WFP warns that six million North Koreans are in urgent need of food assistance, confirming results of a similar study by five respected U.S. non-governmental organizations conducted last month. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement urging the resumption of carefully monitored United States… Continue Reading


March 22, 2011

Chairman Kerry Honors Archbishop Romero And Notes Democratic Advances In El Salvador

Washington, DC - Marking the occasion of President Obama's visit to El Salvador, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "President Obama's visit to the tomb of Archbishop Romero is more than a homage to a Salvadoran national hero who gave his life for democracy and human rights during a period of repression and war. It is a tribute to El Salvador's historic national reconciliation and the consolidation of democracy. President Funes' elec… Continue Reading


March 21, 2011

Chairman Kerry Marks The Celebration Of Nowruz, The Persian New Year

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in celebration of Nowruz: "More than 300 million people around the world celebrate Nowruz today to mark the beginning of spring and the Persian New Year. To all those who observe Nowruz, including those in Afghanistan, Iran, and the United States, I would like to wish you Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak. Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3,000 years as a time of renewal and hope. It is … Continue Reading


March 18, 2011

Kerry on Libyan Ceasefire: “We must hold Qaddafi accountable for results, not just rhetoric.”

Washington, DC -- Following President Obama's remarks on Libya, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued this statement: "President Obama's stern ultimatum to Qaddafi is the right message. There must be a full cessation of hostilities immediately. The cease-fire announcement just hours after the UN Security Council made clear our refusal to stand by and watch a massacre, shows that when the world speaks with one voice, it can make a difference. "But Qaddafi has prov… Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

Kerry, McCain, And Lieberman Urge Swift Implementation Of U.N. Security Council Resolution

Washington, DC - Following passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing a no-fly zone and other action in Libya, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), along with Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), issued the following joint statement: "We applaud tonight's action by the UN Security Council authorizing 'all necessary measures' to impose a no-fly zone in Libya and protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of … Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

Chairman Kerry Highlights Urgent Libya Actions at Hearing on Middle East Uprisings

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing today on the "Popular Uprisings in the Middle East: The Implications for U.S. Policy." Ambassador Bill Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State, testified before the Committee. During the hearing, Kerry called on the United Nations Security Council to immediately pass a resolution that will prevent a humanitarian disaster in Libya. "In Libya, the brutal attacks on his own pe… Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

Chairman Kerry Delivers A Speech On U.S. Policy Toward The Middle East

Washington, DC - In a speech today on U.S. Policy toward the Middle East at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) stressed that the United States must play a constructive role in the process of political and economic reform in the region to help affirm the value of democracy and combat radicalism. Senator Kerry also discussed legislation he is developing with Senators McCain and Lieberman that will support the transition to … Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

Kerry Reaffirms Importance Of Pakistan Ties

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement after learning that Raymond Davis has been released by the Government of Pakistan: "This was a very important and necessary step for both of our countries to be able to maintain our relationship and remain focused on progress on bedrock national interests, and I'm deeply grateful for the Pakistani government's decision. As I said last month in my visits to Lahore and Islamabad, we de… Continue Reading


March 14, 2011

Kerry-Lugar-Udall Visa Bill Will Create Jobs in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.), today reintroduced legislation to drive job creation and increase America's global competiveness by helping immigrant entrepreneurs secure visas to the United States. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) plans to introduce companion legislation in the House. The StartUp Visa Act of 2011 will allow… Continue Reading

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