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04 Jun 2016 description

Strategic Assessment

The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse. Terrorist groups continued to exploit an absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked, justice systems lacked credibility, and where security force abuses and government corruption went unchecked.

05 Nov 2015 description

Victoria Nuland
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Testimony Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee
Washington, DC
November 4, 2015

(As Prepared)

Thank you Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, members of this committee for the opportunity to join you and my colleague, Assistant Secretary Anne Patterson today.

14 Dec 2007 description

Land mine casualty rate has plummeted; other major gains achieved

By Jacquelyn S. Porth

30 Jun 2007 description

Executive Summary

1. Introduction

President Bush signed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (the Act) on December 1, 2005. The Act sets out as a central goal the provision of affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries as a key component of U.S. foreign assistance programs. It requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S.

02 Oct 2006 description

United States helped fund six mine-removal teams, mine-clearance training for 60

By Mary Specht, Washington File Staff Writer

Washington - The United States congratulated Macedonia September 29 for successfully clearing land mines from its territory and thus joining "the growing number of countries that are no longer significantly affected by land mines leftover from past conflicts."

The United States contributed $1.6 million to humanitarian mine action in Macedonia through the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance by matching …

29 Sep 2006 description


Office of the Spokesman

20 May 2005 description

Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns outlines vision for Balkans

In a speech that looked at the past dozen years in the Balkans and the challenges for 2005 and beyond, Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns outlined the U.S.

13 Aug 2002 description

On the first anniversary of the signing of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, the United States wants to recognize Macedonia's President Boris Trajkovski and the country's political leadership for "the significant progress they have made in enacting Framework Agreement commitments, which have strengthened Macedonia's democracy by helping to meet the political aspirations of all its citizens," State Department Deputy Spokesman Philip T.

26 Jul 2002 description

The United States notes with pleasure the progress that the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia has made on strengthening multiethnic democratic institutions since the Ohrid Framework Agreement was concluded in August 2001.

"What a difference a year makes!" said the permanent U.S. representative to the OSCE, Ambassador Stephan M.

17 Jun 2002 description

U.S. development official Frederick Schieck was in Serbia recently to inaugurate a new water supply system in the village of Ljiljance, and from there he went to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to discuss education and high technology issues with President Boris Trajkovski, according to the following press release from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where Schieck serves as deputy administrator:

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U.S. Agency for International Development
Washington, D.C.

03 Apr 2002 description

The U.S. vision for the future of the Balkans, as articulated by President Bush last year, is one of continuing peace and full integration into European and transatlantic institutions, according to Greg Schulte of the National Security Council (NSC).

"A few ears ago, this vision would have seemed fanciful.

15 Mar 2002 description

The United States will be the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's "steadfast friend and partner as it continues along the path to full integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions," Ambassador William B. Taylor told the Macedonia Donors' Meeting in Brussels March 12.

Taylor, the U.S.

05 Feb 2002 description

Secretary of State Colin Powell and Boris Trajkovski, president of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, held talks in Washington February 4, and Powell expressed strong praise for Trajkovski's role in gaining passage of constitutional amendments and "groundbreaking" legislation on local self-government under Macedonia's August 13, 2001, Framework Agreement.

Following is a statement on their meeting:

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Office of the Spokesman

24 Jan 2002 description

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe continues to have a critical role to play in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and welcomes the renewed political will of the signers of the August 13 (2001) Framework Agreement to move forward on implementing its provisions, "as only full implementation can ensure lasting peace and stability," said Ambassador Stephan Minikes of the U.S.

11 Jan 2002 description

The U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC) has released a report identifying 20 humanitarian emergencies worldwide, affecting approximately 42 million people. "Global Humanitarian Emergencies: Trends and Projections, 2001-2002" predicts that the international community will continue to respond and provide aid to these countries, but that resources will remain below needs.

23 Nov 2001 description

Davidson at OSCE: calls for continued, consistent progress

Continued progress in implementing the remaining commitments under the August 13 Framework Agreement (FWA) "will be essential to strengthening a peaceful, multi-ethnic, democratic Macedonia and to maintaining regional stability," said Douglas A. Davidson, deputy chief of the U.S.

15 Nov 2001 description

The United States is "disappointed by the destabilizing events of last weekend, precipitated by a unilateral deployment of Macedonian security forces into sensitive areas without full coordination with the international community," and condemns the violence associated with this deployment, Ambassador David T.

31 Oct 2001 description

On October 30, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) issued an information paper intended to provide a basic understanding of the use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions in the Balkans.

A DOD news release said the paper summarizes medical and environmental assessments made by the United Nations Environmental Program, the World Health Organization, and the United Kingdom Royal Society. "On the whole," according to the release, "these assessments have not found any connections between depleted uranium exposure in the Balkans and negative health effects."