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  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement after President Obama issued an Executive Order imposing tough economic sanctions against Syrian officials and others responsible for human rights abuses in that country: "We have all grown increasingly alarmed by the violence...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s announcement that Robert Gates will retire and that he will nominate Leon Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense and Gen. David Petraeus as the next Director of the Central Intelligence...
  • Washington, DC –  Last Friday, Iraqi Security Forces forcefully entered Camp Ashraf in Eastern Iraq.  Members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK are housed at the camp.  Earlier today, United Nations officials confirmed that the incursion by Iraqi Security Forces had resulted in scores of dead and injured MEK members.  Senate...
  • Washington, DC – With the possibility of widespread protests tomorrow in Syria, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: “Major protests are planned tomorrow in Syria and the world will be watching very closely.  President Assad should insist that his police and military refrain...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) sent a letter to World Bank President Robert Zoellick outlining three key areas the World Bank must address in order to overhaul its Energy Sector Strategy. Chairman Kerry commended the World Bank for tackling the challenges posed by energy poverty and climate...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to today’s detention of Laurent Gbagbo: “The detention of Laurent Gbagbo marks a new beginning for the Ivoirian people who have suffered gravely.  This is an important step forward, but there will be...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...