Monthly Archives: July 2016

U.S-European Partnership-1

US naval Europe Africa May 22, 2016

Secretary Kerry has travelled to Brussels, from July 17–18, and met with EU Member State Foreign Ministers and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, to discuss range of important subjects on Foreign Policy. During the press conference Secretary Kerry reaffirmed:

“It is that the U.S-EU Partnership is strong – strong today, will remain strong into the future, it is enduring, and it is unbreakable. And it is all of those things for some very simple reasons.”

On the issue of Turkey and the fate of the detainee of the failed Coup Secretary Kerry stated:

“So very quickly, let me just say with respect to NATO and the movement of Turkey, obviously, NATO also has a requirement with respect to Democracy, and NATO will indeed measure very carefully what is happening.  And my hope is that Turkey is going to move in ways that do respect what they have said to me many times is the bedrock of their country. Now, obviously, a lot of people have been arrested and arrested very quickly, and so as Federica has said, I think the level of vigilance and scrutiny is obviously going to be significant in the days ahead. And we’ll work very closely, and hopefully we can work in a constructive way that prevents a backsliding, and that is our hope.   Brussels July 18, 2016 © Department of State

On the same subject the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini stated:

“Let me be very clear on one thing – actually, on two. One, no country can become a EU member-state if it introduces death penalty. That is very clear in our acquis, as we call it. So this is for sure. The other point I would like to stress, even if this is not the institution I am entitled to speak for, but Turkey is part – an important part – of the Council of Europe. It’s an important member of the Council of Europe, and as such is bound by the European Convention of Human Rights that is very clear on death penalty. I hope I’ve been clear.”

“And let me add something that maybe it’s useful to stress here: We have been the first to stress the need during that difficult hours – the need for having the legitimate institutions protected against the attempt of coup. This is no excuse to take the country away from fundamental rights and rule of law, and we will be extremely vigilant on that for the sake not of the European Union or negotiations, but for the sake of Turkey itself.” Brussels  July 18, 2016 © Department of State

Joint Press conference of  Secretary Kerry with the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

The NATO Summit July 2016

NATO pledged to deploy further efforts and resources for maintaining Stability and Security in Europe and beyond, and strengthening its Partners.

Secretary General Stoltenberg opening Statement at the NATO Summit, July 8th

“To the south we see failed and failing states. And millions left homeless and hopeless by terrorist groups like ISIL.”  “This instability has a direct impact on our societies. The scale of the challenge demands that we take action”.  States NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg July 9, 2016 © NATO

Joint Declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization:

“We believe that the time has come to give new impetus and new substance to the NATO-EU strategic partnership.” Continue to read

Statement by President Obama at Press Conference After NATO Summit

Additional References on the Summit: NATO leaders bolster collective Deterrence and Defence

Statement of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the start of the Summit in Warsaw

U.S. Assurance and Deterrence Efforts in Support of NATO Allies, by US Mission to NATO

The Austrian Vital Role in the Western Balkans

EUCOM AustriaThe third Western Balkans Summit was held in Paris on July 4th,  as the following steps of Western Balkans Summit in Berlin-2014 and Vienna-2015.

The Western Balkans is a Region in our immediate vicinity  with which we have very close inter-personal, cultural, economic and political ties. Improvement in local quality of life as well as enhancing Stability, Safety, Security and Prosperity in the Western Balkans are thus in our most fundamental interest.” elaborated Minister for Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz  July 4, 2016 © Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Additional references: Western Balkans Summit Paris 2016 

UK has been appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights at the UN

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Andrew Gilmour of the United Kingdom  as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York.  June 24, 2016   © UN/NY   View the  announcement 

The Leadership of Austria and its Armed-Forces in the World-1

Highly rich with European heritage, Austria is the centre of  Europe with its Capital city ‘Vienna’ the heart of Culture, History and Music, Literature, Science and Technology–since centuries ago.

In Political domain– Vienna holds also the key role not only in European Territory but also in the International Affairs. As of current time,  Vienna has the Seats of over 16 United Nations main Organizations, with more of other International Orgs and Institutions.  International Organizations in Vienna

In the Military sphere, the Austrian Armed-Forces has a major Leading Role in NATO, EU, UN Operations– deployed in various parts of the World for maintaining Peace and Security.

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