Ambassador Baily’s remarks at USAID’s Leadership Conference “Macedonia’s Journey from Development to Self-Reliance”

Thank you very much for coming out today and for letting an old guy end this conference and share a few thoughts that I think fit in with the overall theme. As several of my colleagues have mentioned today, USAID is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Macedonia . Over the last several months on social media, you’ve been able to see information and ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at the Conference of the Parliamentary Committees on European Integration

Monday, February 26, 2018 at 12:00 (as delivered) Thank you very much Mr. President.  It is a great pleasure to be here.  Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of the European Parliament, fellow diplomats, ladies and gentlemen, members of the civil society and, of course, the media. I guess perhaps I am the only non-European today, ...
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“Corruption – an Imminent Threat to Human Rights”

Speech of Ambassador Jess Baily at Law Faculty, University of Cyril and Methodius Skopje, December 11, 2017 Prime Minister Zaev, Mr. Ahmeti, Dr. Taravari, Mr. Silegov, my colleague Louisa Vinton, Professor Kalajdziev, and all the members of the Helsinki Committee staff, thank you very much for organizing this event and being here today.  It’s a great honor ...
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Ambassador Baily Anti-Corruption Speech at UKLO Faculty of Security

December 4, 2017 Mr. Dean, thank you so much for that welcome and thank you all for being here- faculty members and most of all students. I’d like to begin by congratulating this faculty for its 40th anniversary in preparing students and advancing knowledge about security issues, and helping develop the professional capabilities of the ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at the Countering Violent Extremism tabletop exercise

Prime Minister Zaev, Ambassador Suomalainen, Coordinator Petrevski, distinguished guests, international experts, and participants – It’s an honor to speak with you today.  I would like to start off by thanking all those who have worked so hard to make this great event possible:  Richard Prosen from the Partnership for Peace Consortium and his colleagues; Borche ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at the MFA and Marshall Center NATO Conference

Ambassador Remarks:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Marshall Center Conference “Republic of Macedonia Towards Fully-fledged NATO Membership” August 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., Ministry of Foreign Affairs  As prepared   Good morning, Ambassador Memedi, Minister Dimitrov, Ambassador Gerberich, and distinguished guests.  It is a pleasure for me to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ...
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Ambassador Baily Statement at Dragoon Guardian 2017 Observation Day

Krivolak Training Area July 31, 2017 We’ve just been out here seeing our military partnership in action.  We’ve seen American soldiers and Macedonian soldiers working together on two specific tasks for engineers.  In any of our military operations, engineering is a critical component.  This is proving that our soldiers together are up to the task.  ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at Dragoon Guardian 17 Welcome Ceremony

Ambassador Remarks:  Dragoon Guardian 17 Welcome Ceremony July 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., Kumanovo  Thank you, Mayor Damjanovski   It is great to be here today in Kumanovo with you, Minister of Defense Shekerinska, and General Mileski to welcome Lt. Colonel Himes and the Engineer Squadron from U.S. Army Europe’s 2nd Calvary Regiment and launch  the ...
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Send-off ceremony for the Macedonian Army participants to Saber Guardian 2017 exercise

Remarks by Ambassador Jess Baily July 6, 2017 Ilinden Barracks, Skopje Thank you, Minister Shekerinska, Deputy Chief of Defense Racaj.  I am pleased to be here today to honor the long-term defense partnership between the United States and the Republic of Macedonia. Today we send off 54 soldiers from the Army of the Republic of ...
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Remarks for Independence Day Reception

Ambassador Jess L. Baily June 29, 2017 Dobro vecer, mirembrema, good evening. Prime Minister Zaev, Speaker Xhaferi, ministers, members of parliament, fellow members of the diplomatic corps, ladies and gentlemen, It is a pleasure and an honor for me and Capie to welcome everyone to the U.S. Embassy tonight to celebrate the 241st anniversary of ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at the opening of the USAID’s Migrant and Refugee Human Rights Protection Project

Thank you, Boris.  Esteemed guests. I am pleased to be here with you today to recognize World Refugee Day and to open the USAID-funded Migrant and Refugee Human Rights Protection Project’s Humanitarian Art Bazaar. I would like to thank the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association and Open Gate – La Strada for organizing this event.  And ...
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United States Welcomes Mandate for New Government in Macedonia

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 18, 2017 The United States welcomes the decision of Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov to give the mandate to form a government to Mr. Zoran Zaev. This decision represents an important step forward for Macedonian democracy and the people of Macedonia. We look forward to working with ...
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Remarks at the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia’s Press Conference for NATO Day

April 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Thank you very much for inviting me today! Minister Jolevski, Mr. Ramadani, Ambassador Barišic, Ambassador Carranza, Captain Bartol, members of the Euro-Atlantic Council, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be here again at the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia to celebrate NATO Day.  This year’s event seems particularly timely.  ...
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Statement of Ambassador Baily, March 2, 2017

The United States was disappointed to learn yesterday that President Ivanov declined to offer to representatives having a clear Parliamentary majority the opportunity to form a new government. We believe that this was inconsistent with basic democratic principles and the rule of law, which are core values of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. As a ...
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Ambassador Jess Baily’s interview with Sitel TV

February 18, 2017 Sitel:  Ambassador Baily, senior U.S. Officials, including the Vice President, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of Defense, are visiting Europe for the first time this week after the inauguration of the new U.S. administration to discuss with European leaders in Brussels and Munich about NATO, the European Union, the challenges ...
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Ambassador Baily’s Remarks at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony

January 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Minister Poposki, Mrs. Romano-Nikolik, Ambassador Multanowski, Ambassador Oryan (TBC), Mrs. Gutman, Mr. Dzingo, ladies and gentlemen. It is an honor to be with all of you this morning. Thank you to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for organizing this ceremony, and to Mrs. Gutman for traveling from Israel to be ...
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U.S. Embassy Press Statement, December 12, 2016

Ambassador Jess Baily Press Availability: December 12, 2016 The U.S. Embassy commends the citizens of Macedonia who exercised their right to vote in the December 11 parliamentary elections. We welcome OSCE/ODIHR’s preliminary conclusions that the elections were competitive and that fundamental freedoms were generally respected.  The turnout was high, and the elections proceeded in a ...
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Embassy hosts U.S. Elections breakfast

On the morning of November 9, the U.S. Embassy in Skopje hosted an Election Breakfast at Aleksandar Palace Hotel on the occasion of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Over 300 guests joined Ambassador Baily and U.S. Embassy staff to watch as the results came in throughout the morning. Ambassador Baily spoke about this year’s election, ...
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Countering Corruption and State Capture in Southeast Europe

Deputy Assistant Secretary Alexander Arvizu Skopje, Macedonia September 29, 2016 Thank you for the opportunity to represent my colleagues from the United States Government this morning, including the United States Agency for International Development which has been instrumental in organizing this conference. While the United States Ambassador to Macedonia, Jess Baily, is unable to join ...
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Press Statement: Macedonia Operation on Suspected ISIL Facilitators

The United States Embassy commends the Ministry of Interior on the recent operation against suspected terrorists and terrorist facilitators. We understand this operation was the result of long and careful investigative work by the police, intelligence services, and the Prosecutor’s Office under Macedonia’s anti-terrorism laws. We support the Government’s use of criminal justice processes to ...
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Remarks for Independence Day Reception

Ambassador Jess L. Baily Good evening, dobro vecer, mirëmbrëma. Capie and I, along with the entire Embassy staff, warmly welcome you to the U.S. Embassy, and thank you for joining us here tonight to celebrate America’s Independence Day. President Ivanov, Speaker Veljanovski, Prime Minister Dimitriev, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Distinguished Judges, fellow Ambassadors, ladies and ...
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On Developments in Macedonia: Statement to the PC

(April 14, 2016), As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna The United States is deeply concerned by Macedonian President Ivanov’s announced decision to pardon those subject to investigation in connection with the wiretapping scandal. Such a decision, if implemented, would further undermine the rule of law in Macedonia, the integrity ...
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Joint Statement by the Ambassadors of the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the European Union

Late Friday night, we met with Prime Minister Gruevski and expressed our disappointment at the failure to meet the October 20 deadline agreed to in the July 15 Przino Agreement for the exchange of ministers. We urge VMRO-DPMNE to demonstrate the required commitment and to implement the agreement in a constructive and urgent manner and with good faith.  ...
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Ambassador Jess Baily’s interview with MRT

Aired on August 20, 2015, at 19:30  MRT:  Ambassador, first of all, thank you for this interview for the national television station.  Ambassador Baily:  My pleasure.  MRT:  The working groups held their first joint meeting in late July and raised the issue of election legislation. Now, in mid-August, meetings for the implementation of the agreement ...
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President Obama on Iran

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON IRAN State Floor 7:02 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: 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 ...
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Remarks for Independence Day Reception

Ambassador Jess L. Baily July 2, 2015  Dobrovecer, mirëmbrëma, good evening.  Mr. President and Mrs. Ivanova, Speaker of Parliament and Mrs. Veljanovska, Mr. Prime Minister and Mrs. Gruevska, honored guests, welcome to the Embassy and our Independence Day celebration.   Thank you for coming to help us celebrate my country’s 239th birthday. It’s a special honor ...
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USAID Municipal Climate Change Strategies Project, 2nd Annual International Conference

Remarks by Ambassador Jess Baily  June 8, 2015 Ohrid Good Morning. Mr. Minister, Mr. Mayor, Mr. Slavkovski, distinguished participants: I’m delighted to see all of you here, coming together to address climate change, one of the most critical challenges facing our planet.  You gather in this beautiful town at an auspicious time, as later this ...
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Ambassador Power at U.N. Debate on Protection of Journalists

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Journalists in Conflict Situations, May 27, 2015 Thank you, Foreign Minister Linkevičius, for chairing this session and for Lithuania’s consistent effort to integrate the issue of press freedom – and threats to ...
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Amb. Baer at OSCE on Developments in Macedonia

On Developments in Macedonia As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna We have followed with concern the developments in Macedonia in recent months, including both the political crisis that has emerged from the disclosure of wiretap recordings of alleged government wrongdoing and separately the incidents of violence between police and ...
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Joint Statement by the Ambassadors of the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the European Union

On this day of mourning and on behalf of the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the European Union, we expressed today our condolences to Prime Minister Gruevski and the people of Macedonia for the tragic deaths of the brave police officers who were killed yesterday in and around Kumanovo, and we ...
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Joint statement by the Security Principals Group – the Heads of Mission in Macedonia of the OSCE, EU, NATO Liaison Office, and United States

 We all deeply regret the loss of lives in the operation in Kumanovo, which fortunately appears to be over. Our thoughts go to the families of the police officers who were killed in the operation, and to the citizens who were caught up in the violence. Legitimate political representatives here and in the region have ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

We deeply regret the loss of life related to the actions in and around Kumanovo, and offer our sympathies to the families of the people killed and to those injured. We are following the situation and are in close contact with the authorities and political leaders. We urge citizens to remain calm and allow the ...
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World Press Freedom Day Reception

Remarks of Ambassador Jess Baily Good evening, and thank you all for coming to this beautiful and historic gallery tonight to help us mark World Press Freedom Day, which falls officially on May 3. It’s good to be with representatives of Macedonia’s media.  As a press officer for much of my career, I feel I’m ...
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Kerry: State Department Lays Out Its Strategy

This commentary by Secretary of State John Kerry originally appeared in The Hill on April 28. There are no republication restrictions. State Department lays out its strategy By Secretary of State John Kerry On my first day as Secretary of State, I showed my new colleagues my first diplomatic passport. It was issued when I ...
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Opening of Sentencing Training for Judges

Remarks by Ambassador Jess L. Baily, March 20, 2015 Hotel Arka, Skopje Good morning, Добро утро, and miremengjes. Minister Jashari, Deputy Minister Brishkoska-Boshkovski, Judge Shopova, representative from the prosecution office, distinguished judges, thank you for inviting me to join you at today’s sentencing training event. I particularly appreciate being here, as this is my first ...
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Southeast European Leadership for Democracy and Integrity Event

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Barton J. Putney January 30, 2015 at 12:00pm Holiday Inn Hotel, Skopje Thank you Emina, and thanks to the Southeast European Leadership for Democracy and Integrity and the Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation for hosting this event.  I especially want to thank your staff for all of their hard work on ...
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