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  • Remarks by President Obama to the United Nations General Assembly

    "Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on what, together, the members of this body have helped to achieve.

    Out of the ashes of the Second World War, having witnessed the unthinkable power of the atomic age, the United States has worked with many nations in this Assembly to prevent a third world war -- by forging alliances with old adversaries; by supporting the steady emergence of strong democracies accountable to their people instead of any foreign power; and by building an international system that imposes a cost on those who choose conflict over cooperation, an order that recognizes the dignity and equal worth of all people..."  Full remarks »

  • OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs' Statement on Increased Tensions Along Line of Contact

    "The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France), together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, express their serious concerns about Armenian and Azerbaijani forces using mortars and heavy weapons in and around civilian areas. The use of such weapons represents an unacceptable escalation in the conflict. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and recognize the casualties on each side of the international border and Line of Contact. We appeal to the sides in the strongest possible terms to avoid civilian casualties. The sides have an obligation under the Geneva Conventions to protect the safety and security of non-combatants..."  Full statement »

  • Remarks by Ambassador Robert Cekuta on Religious Tolerance

    "I found the visit to this church to be very inspiring and interesting. It is really a success story for many people. The staff that restored and maintains the church are exceptional and I am very grateful for their giving us a tour today. It is impressive that Thor Hyerdahl and the Government of Norway joined in to help preserve this monument. The Government of Azerbaijan also deserves credit for helping restore and maintain this cultural treasure..."  Full remarks »

  • Remarks by Ambassador Robert Cekuta on Cultural Preservation

    Şəkiyə səmimi qəbula görə təşəkkür edirik. Nə gözəl yer! Nə gözəl şəhər! I’ve heard about this place, and I’ve read about the palace, but coming here and seeing it remarkable. The Sheki Khan Sarayi is truly a national treasure. This place is not only a treasure for Azerbaijan, but also a treasure for world. Restoring and preserving this kind of treasure is very important. Worldwide people see more than ever the need to preserve monuments and historical buildings. The State Department and Azerbaijani institutions such as the Heydar Aliyev Foundation work to preserve our world heritage treasures. For example, our Embassy is working to restore the Guba Hamam complex...  Full remarks »

  • Dr. Evelyn Farkas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Press Briefing

    "My name is Evelyn Farkas for those of you who don’t know me I am responsible for being the senior advisor to Secretary of Defense Carter on Russia, Ukraine, the Black Sea area, the Caucasus, as well as the Western Balkans

    As the Deputy Secretary of Defense with special responsibility for the Caucasus region I’m very happy to be back again in Baku today. I’ve been here many times now and one of my favorite things to do is to go running on the Bulvar, and I was able to do that again today. But I learned that you’re going to expand it and make it even longer, so I’m going to go into fitness training so that I can run the whole length..."  Full remarks »

  • Department of State: Sentencing of Azerbaijani Investigative Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

    The United States is deeply troubled by today’s decision of an Azerbaijani court to sentence prominent investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in prison. We are further concerned by reports of irregularities during the investigation and trial, including the apparent exclusion of witness testimony and other key evidence. This case is another example in a broad pattern of increasing restrictions on human rights in Azerbaijan, including curtailing the freedom of the press. As Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev himself recently noted, freedom of the mass media is an integral part of democratic principles, and its violation is contrary to the interests of Azerbaijan. We urge the government of Azerbaijan to release Ms. Ismayilova and others incarcerated in connection with exercising their fundamental freedoms. We also call on the Government of Azerbaijan to adhere to its international obligations to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms of all its citizens. 

  • Statement by John Kirby, U.S. Department of State: "Conviction of Human Rights Activists Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus in Azerbaijan"

    The United States is deeply troubled by today’s decision of an Azerbaijani court to sentence human rights and peace advocates Leyla and Arif Yunus, who have been detained for more than a year, to eight-and-a-half and seven-year prison terms, respectively. The charges appear to be solely connected with their human rights work and participation in constructive people-to-people programs aiming to ease tensions and build confidence in the region. We are further troubled by reports of irregularities during the judicial process. We are particularly concerned about their health, and we urge the authorities to release them immediately on compassionate grounds. It is in Azerbaijan’s interest to meet its international commitments to uphold the universal rights of all its citizens, a critical step toward achieving a bright, prosperous, and stable future.   »

  • U.S. Embassy Statement on the Tragic Death of Rasim Aliyev

    The U.S. Embassy mourns with the family of Rasim Aliyev following his heinous death. We welcome the Azerbaijani government’s commitment to a full investigation, and we support bringing the perpetrators of this crime to justice.  

  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2015

    This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains. 

  • STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY, SPOKESPERSON: U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Suruc, Turkey

    The United States condemns today’s terrorist attack in Suruc, Turkey that killed dozens of civilians and wounded many more innocent bystanders.

    We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured. The United States will continue to stand with Turkey, a valued NATO ally and partner in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, as we work together to counter terrorism. 

  • U.S. President Obama delivers a Statement On Iran

    "Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not -- a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change -- change that makes our country, and the world, safer and more secure. This deal is also in line with a tradition of American leadership. It’s now more than 50 years since President Kennedy stood before the American people and said, “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.” He was speaking then about the need for discussions between the United States and the Soviet Union, which led to efforts to restrict the spread of nuclear weapons..."  Full statement »

  • U.S. Embassy Debunks Media Rumors

    Ambassador Cekuta has been meeting with representatives of a number of political parties, including the New Azerbaijan Party, the Popular Front Party, and Musavat, to listen to their views. All meetings have been announced publicly as part of the Ambassador’s efforts to meet with and listen to Azerbaijanis from all aspects of society. The Ambassador also continues meeting extensively with top figures in Azerbaijan’s government. The U.S. Embassy is not plotting a coup in Azerbaijan. Nor is it instructing or financing any political party in the country. Suggestions to the contrary do an injustice to decades of significant U.S. cooperation and support for a stable, prosperous, and independent Azerbaijan. 

  • Security Reminder for the Fourth of July

    As the Fourth of July approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Baku is issuing a general security reminder for all U.S. citizens to help ensure celebrations are safe and successful.

    The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. We encourage U.S. citizens to familiarize themselves with the World Wide Caution updated January 9, 2015. Americans are reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the U.S. Embassy...   »

  • Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014

    The Azerbaijani constitution provides for a republic with a presidential form of government...  Full text report. »

  • Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

    The Department of State released the 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism.  Read full report here. »

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