Today’s resolution calls for a full, thorough and independent investigation into the horrific downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. When 298 civilians are killed, we agree that we must stop at nothing to determine who is responsible and bring them to justice. — Ambassador Power on UNSC vote on resolution concerning downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.
Yesterday, President Obama provided an update on the situation in Ukraine. Read about it here.
We are deeply concerned by the Russia-backed separatists’ refusal to allow OSCE monitors safe and unfettered access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17…We urge Russia to honor its commitments and to publicly call on the separatists to do the same. — Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki in statement on lack of access at crash site of MH17
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
"It is critical that there be a full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible. We urge all concerned — Russia, the pro-Russian separatists, and Ukraine — to support an immediate cease-fire in order to ensure safe and unfettered access to the crash site for international investigators and in order to facilitate the recovery of remains." More.
We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this difficult time — Secretary Kerry in statement on Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine. July 17, 2014
Tomorrow is #MandelaDay, so for #tbt we bring you a photo of the South African leader in 1993 enjoying a lighthearted moment with Rick Stengel, who is now @StateDept’s Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Undersecretary Stengel wrote Long Walk to Freedom with #Mandela, as well as two other volumes about #SouthAfrica. For more information on Mandela Day, visit MandelaDay.com. #throwbackthursday
We live in a complex world and at a challenging time. And none of these challenges lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, but all of them require American leadership…if we stay patient and determined, that we will, in fact, meet these challenges. — President Obama in his remarks on foreign policy challenges, July 16, 2014.
Many impact their communities and nations, but a special few enter our hearts, change the course of history, and leave an indelible mark on our world. This Friday, join us here on Tumblr and on Facebook for #MandelaDay as we honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
You can read the United Nations Secretary-General’s message about the 2014 Nelson Mandela International Day here.