Crisis in Eastern Ukraine

"Last week, the Russians again floated the idea of sending Russian quote 'peacekeepers' to eastern Ukraine. A 'Russian peacekeeper' in Ukraine is an oxymoron: at every step in this crisis, Russians have sabotaged peace, not built it. Peacekeepers are impartial – yet Russia fully supports Russian armed separatists in this conflict."

Ambassador Samantha Power

Ambassador Power at U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Ambassador Power helped kick off the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit by hosting a discussion on the Open Government Partnership featuring senior government officials and leading civic society leaders from the African continent. The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government – featuring nearly 50 heads of state and thousands of business and civic leaders committed to chartering a path for a stronger, more prosperous and peaceful Africa.

Security Council Debate on Middle East

"As grave as the situation is now – and it is indeed grave – it can get worse. If the fighting persists, it will. Humanitarian conditions will continue to deteriorate. More civilians will suffer. And more innocent lives will be lost. The only solution is an immediate ceasefire. This could not be more urgent or more important, given the devastating consequences of the violence for civilian populations. That is why the United States will not rest until a ceasefire is achieved and the underlying issues fueling the conflict are addressed."

- Ambassador Samantha Power

Security Council Calls for Investigation into Downing of MH17

"Today, we have taken a step toward combating impunity. The resolution passed provides clear directions to safeguard and uncover the facts—however inconvenient those facts may prove to be. [ . . . ] But we are not naïve: if Russia is not part of the solution, it will continue to be part of the problem." 

- Ambassador Samantha Power

The Downing of Flight MH17

"To the families and friends of the victims, it is impossible to find words to express our condolences. We can only commit to you that we will not rest until we find out what happened. A full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation must begin immediately. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. They must not be sheltered by any member state of the United Nations."

-Ambassador Samantha Power

Representing the United States at the United Nations

The Issues

Mon, August 11

President Obama Discusses the Latest Developments in Iraq

"the only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government,"

Wed, August 06

President Obama Engages with African Leaders on Final Day of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

where the U.S. and Africa can make progress together

Fri, July 18

President Obama Speaks on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Russia and Ukraine, and the Situation in Gaza

"a global tragedy -- an Asian airliner was destroyed in European skies, filled with citizens from many countries."

The Briefing Room
08/21/14  Remarks at a Security Council Open Debate on Conflict Prevention
08/19/14  Statement on World Humanitarian Day; U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power
08/19/14  Remarks at a Briefing on the UN Security Council Trip to Europe and Africa; U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs David B. Dunn
08/19/14  Remarks at a Security Council Open Briefing on the Protection of Humanitarian Workers; U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs David B. Dunn
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