Daily Archives: May 13, 2015

Daily Press Briefings : Daily Press Briefing – May 13, 2015

12:48 p.m. EDT MR RATHKE: Good afternoon. So I have just a couple of things to mention at the start. First, as you may be aware, Secretary Kerry is on his way back from Turkey, where he met this morning with NATO foreign ministers who were gathered there. And he will go tonight to dinner

UN welcomes European Union proposals for ‘visionary’ migration reforms

13 May 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency and the world body’s top envoy on international migration have applauded European Union (EU) authorities’ proposals for dealing with refugees and migrants arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean, calling for swift implementation of the reforms “for the urgent purpose of saving lives.” In a statement issued

UN voices alarm over ‘pushbacks’ of boats carrying migrants in Southeast Asia

13 May 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency has said it is “extremely alarmed” at reports suggesting that Indonesian and Malaysian authorities have pushed back boats carrying numerous migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Indonesian navy stated that it had escorted a

East Asia and the Pacific: Maritime Issues in East Asia

Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to testify with David Shear, Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Asia-Pacific, on this very important and timely topic. I would also like to thank the Committee for its leadership in supporting and promoting bipartisan engagement with the Asia-Pacific