Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix and Ms. Blakemore, for your briefings and for your commitment to UN peacekeeping reform.
The United States is committed to protecting human rights while countering terrorism and violent extremism. We believe in the necessity of independent judiciaries that uphold the rule of law; police and security forces that respect human rights; space for members of civil society groups and all individuals to exercise their human rights, including freedom of expression; and protection for freedom of religion and other fundamental freedoms to ensure lasting stability and security.
The United States condemns the announcement of a plan to conduct "elections" in the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics." Given the continued control of these territories by the Russian Federation, genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russia's commitments under the Minsk agreements.
"We're going to take strong action to secure our election systems and the process." - President Donald J. Trump
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today targeting the leader of a militia in Libya that has been the cause of many fatalities this year alone and that has repeatedly attacked critical Libyan oil facilities, causing severe damage to Libya’s economy.
The United States believes strongly in defending press freedom and the benefits of media pluralism. We condemn the politically motivated targeting of journalists and shuttering of media outlets, and undue or excessive structural and legal restrictions on the media.
I thank the Representative on Freedom of the Media, Mr. Harlem Desir, for his dedication to carrying out his vital mandate throughout the OSCE region. The United States values press freedom as a key component of democratic governance.
MS NAUERT: Yeah, thanks. I’d like to start out by calling attention to 9/11 today. We have two somber anniversaries here in the United States today, of course affecting many other countries as well.
I want to start by, obviously, thank all of you for your heartfelt condolences and wishes. You are my brothers and sisters. And I think it’s why when we talk about something like Syria, we are all very passionate about it – because we know what pain feels like and we know what suffering is and we get frustrated when we see things happening that we can’t control.
As president of the UN Security Council, Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chaired a Security Council briefing on the situation in Yemen. The briefing follows recent peace talks by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths in Geneva.