Remarks at the OSCE Presentation of the “Corruption Case Monitoring Report”

Thank you Ambassador Kavalec, and welcome Ambassador Sattler. Also welcome to the everyone listening and taking part in this important discussion. An effective judicial system that combats corruption is fundamental to to BiH’s Euro-Atlantic integration. Year after year, various levels of the judicial system are failing. The justice sector and law enforcement are controlled more …

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Remarks at the International Fraud Awareness Conference

Distinguished guests, I am honored to be involved in this important event to raise awareness and highlight best practices to combat fraud. You all know better than I that fraud and corruption are rampant in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Just last week, Transparency International presented preliminary findings on misuse of public funds by BiH political parties …

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Ambassador Nelson and Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi support “Race for the Cure”

Dobar dan svima! Its a pleasure to greet everyone participating today in Race for the Cure 2020. I remember fondly a beautiful sunny Sunday last year when we were together for Race for the Cure 2019. And I regret we are not together today in person. The US Embassy has been supporting Race for the Cure for five years because we believe it is important to bring people together around a common cause and create …

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Remarks at the Mount Igman Commemoration

Minister Podžić, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen… Today we commemorate the passing and honor the memory of Ambassador Robert Frasure, Doctor Joe Kruzel, Colonel Nelson Drew, and French Army Corporal Stefan Raoult. It has been twenty-five years since these four brave men, dedicated to finding a path to peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, lost their …

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Remarks at CONNECTO 2020 Conference

Thank you, Vedran and INTERA Technology Park for organizing this event. To the BiH diaspora members who are with us online, I want to extend a special warm welcome. Despite the inability to travel and enjoy the beautiful Herzegovina landscape and food, your online presence is a clear indication of your strong commitment to developing …

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USAID Awards UNICEF Additional $1 Million to Combat COVID-19 in BIH

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided $1 million to UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to help the country respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect its citizens.  This funding is an additional commitment from the USAID to UNICEF BiH for emergency response efforts during the crisis. Since …

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Remarks at Jajce High School Opening

Americans tend to take for granted the diversity we experience throughout our lives. From our first day of primary school, we attend classes with students of different races, nationalities, and religions. As we watch each other play on the same playground and struggle with the same schoolwork, we learn that we are similar in so …

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Remarks at ACCESS Graduation Ceremony

Good afternoon, everyone! We have much to celebrate today. We honor this year’s graduates of the Access English program, and welcome our newly selected students as they launch into their two-year Access journey. Thank you to all the parents in the room, who have traveled from, Tuzla, Travnik, Visoko, and Busovača. You can all be …

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Remarks at UH 2-LOA Signing Ceremony

Citizens around Sarajevo have seen and heard UH-1H Huey helicopters flying in and out of their base at Rajlovac for two decades. They have flown for many reasons, always ready to help the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Whether fighting forest fires, conducting flood relief, or providing life-saving medical evacuation, the Armed Forces of Bosnia …

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Remarks at Press Conference in the BiH National Museum (AFCP)

Izuzetno sam sretan što sam danas ovdje kako bih najavio drugu fazu financijske podrške za Zemaljski muzej. It’s especially gratifying to be able to announce this grant only six months after celebrating the completion of the first phase of this project to preventatively conserve the important collections of the National Museum. This grant of over …

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Remarks at Introductory Meeting with Sarajevo Canton Government

Thank you Prime Minister Forto. The U.S. government and the people of the United States are committed to a secure, prosperous, united and confident future for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jorgan Andrews’ presence here today is one more example of that commitment. For this country to take its place among the …

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Hvala Monika! Dobar dan svima. Thank you very much for inviting me to be with you here today. I understand that this is the first of three conferences, and I can see that you are off to a great start. In my job, I often meet with politicians and business leaders, but my favorite group …

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Remarks at USAID – FARMA II Day

It is my pleasure to celebrate today a ten year partnership between USAID and the Embassy of Sweden. Our FARMA project has helped BiH farmers become more competitive and integrated with EU markets. We’ve helped them improve quality standards, increase exports and sales, create jobs in rural areas. I congratulate the state Ministry of Foreign …

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Remarks at AmCham Luncheon

Good afternoon, thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. I am pleased to have this opportunity to engage directly with members and prospective members of the American Chamber of Commerce. I understand how busy you all are and greatly appreciate the time you dedicated to attending this luncheon, so I will keep …

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Remarks in Jezero – Mars Rover

Good Morning everyone. Thank you to the children and representatives of Jezero, Jajce and Mrkonjić Grad for the warm welcome. Today in Jezero, along the beautiful Pliva River, I’m delighted to see the youth, inspired by our April Earth Day Celebration, returning to celebrate our future through Jezero’s connection with NASA and the Mars landing …

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Remarks at the Mount Igman Commemoration

LTG Masovic, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen… Today we remember and honor the memories of four brave men who tragically passed away twenty-four years ago in the service of their countries. Ambassador Robert Frasure, Doctor Joe Kruzel, and Colonel Nelson Drew, along with French Army Corporal Stefan Raoult perished while seeking an elusive peace to …

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Remarks at Reconnect Conference

Prime Minister Forto, ladies and gentlemen. I extend a special warm welcome to the Bosnian diaspora attending this event. Your presence is a clear indication of your strong commitment to developing your homeland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the land you still love. I am excited to be here at Reconnect 2019, the fourth edition of this …

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Remarks at Humvee Donation Ceremony

Minister Pendeš, Deputy Minister Jusić, General Mašović, General Jerkić, General Knežević, officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for attending today’s ceremony. I am so happy to join you today to celebrate another advance for the AFBiH. These twenty Humvees represent a tiny fraction of a …

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Remarks at the Independence Day Reception

President Komšić, President Džaferovic, honored guests and dear friends, welcome. Every July 4th, we celebrate the values that launched our nation. As President Trump states in our National Security Strategy, “Liberty, free enterprise, equal justice under the law, and the dignity of every human life are central to who we are as a people.  We …

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Ambassador Nelson and DAS Palmer Visit Bihać and Banja Luka

Ambassador Nelson and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer took a two-day road trip to visit Bihać and Banja Luka.  During meetings with the Prime Minister of the Una-Sana Canton and the Mayor of Bihać, they discussed the importance of a coordinated and humane response to the migrant situation in BiH, and also visited …

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#TimeToClean!

A team of Embassy volunteers joined the #vrijemedacistimo (Time to Clean) campaign in BiH, cleaning up the Vraca Memorial Park, a monument to the fighters and civilians killed in World War II.  The clean-up was made a little sweeter by the baklava a kind neighbor brought to the team!  The volunteers’ hard work did not …

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Ambassador Nelson Celebrates Completion of AFCP Project at National Museum

Ambassador Nelson spoke at a press event marking the completion of a series of projects undertaken at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina within the framework of a $625,000 grant from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.  The award of this grant in 2015 was instrumental in helping the museum re-open, and supported a …

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Remarks at Cisco’s Single Company Promotion

On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, good afternoon and welcome to this cyber security presentation and executive seminar with Cisco Systems. The Embassy is proud to support U.S. companies like Cisco, which deliver high-quality information-technology products to BiH businesses and government ministries. We are always looking for opportunities to connect American companies with …

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Remarks at OSCE Anti-Corruption Event

Ambassador Berton, Mr. Bizel, Mr. Lakic, Mr. deSanctis, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my pleasure to be here today to help call attention to the specter of corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as highlighted in the OSCE’s second assessment on monitoring of corruption trials in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Is there high-level corruption in …

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Remarks BiH Energy Summit

Thank you, Adnan. Good afternoon Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a pleasure to be here with you today. As many of you know, I am fairly new to Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am still getting to know the country and its people. But one thing I have already heard, over and over, is that …

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Remarks at Mine Free Sarajevo Event

Čast mi je što sam danas ovdje na obilježavanju Međunarodnog dana svjesnosti o opasnostima od mina. While most countries around the world mark this day abstractly, the sad truth is that the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina are well aware of the horrendous and tragic damage caused by landmines. Almost 25 years after the war, …

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Ambassador Nelson’s Address on the Importance of Technology at the Neum NetWork 9 Conference

Good evening.  I’m glad to have the chance to address you all at the Neum NetWork 9 Conference.  I regret my travel schedule prevents me from being there in person. The IT sector is a fundamental part of the strength and success of the United States’ economy.  It is a bright spot here in Bosnia …

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Ambassador Eric Nelson Presents His Credentials

Eric Nelson has arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina and today presented his credentials to the Chairman of the BiH Presidency as Ambassador of the United States.  During the ceremony, Ambassador Nelson stressed: “I look forward to leading my government’s work here to advance prosperity, security, and respect for the rule of law benefiting all the …

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Ambassador’s Remarks for the Air Monitor Launch Event

Ambassador’s Remarks for the Air Monitor Launch Event, June 1   Ministers and Directors, fellow Ambassadors, distinguished guests and friends, good morning and thank you for coming today to help us celebrate the arrival and launch of our air monitoring equipment.  We’re especially pleased to have with us today Tima Hanley, a Lead Physical Scientist …

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Ambassador Cormack’s Remarks at the OSCE Court Corruption Project Interim Report Launch

(as prepared) Secretary Greminger, Ambassadors, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: It’s my pleasure to be here today to help publicize the OSCE’s report on corruption trials.  It’s important that we use this opportunity to talk about how corruption hurts everyone in BiH.  Over the past year, the OSCE, using over $470,000 in funds donated by …

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Unwavering Commitment to Security for BiH Citizens

On Tuesday, October 31, Ambassador Cormack joined Mirsad Vilic, Director of the BiH Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies, to officially open a state-of-the-art BiH Emergency Operations Center. The U.S. Government’s donation of $400,000 of radio and video equipment will enable the Center to better coordinate the BiH government’s response to crises, from natural disasters …

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Prokosko Lake Memorial Service

On Friday, September 5, Ambassador Cormack spoke at an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Prokosko Lake helicopter crash.  Twenty years ago, twelve passengers died when their helicopter crashed into Prokosko mountain in dense fog.  On board the flight were two separate delegations:  a five person OHR delegation and a seven person UN delegation. Five …

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Ambassador Cormack met with a group of mayors

U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack met with a group of mayors for lunch on the margins of the “U.S. Business Promotion and Networking Forum” in Banja Luka on Friday, September 22.  The lunch was an opportunity to discuss how the mayors have improved the business climates in their municipalities, focusing on the best methods to drive economic growth and ways the U.S. Embassy …

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Regional Chiefs of Mission Workshop for U.S. Ambassadors in Sarajevo

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo is hosting an annual Regional Chiefs of Mission Workshop for U.S. Ambassadors September 17-19.  Participating in the workshop will be the U.S. Ambassadors to Albania, BiH, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. During the workshop, the Ambassadors will hold internal discussions related to common issues faced by U.S. missions …

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Ambassador Cormack Met with 20 Participants from Coca Cola Summership Program

Today, Ambassador Cormack met with 20 participants in Coca-Cola’s “Coke Summership” program, which draws together students from universities in Sarajevo, Tuzla, Mostar, Banja Luka, Turkey, and Ireland.  After congratulating the interns on being selected to such a highly competitive program, the Ambassador discussed her own career path and experience as the U.S. Ambassador to BiH. …

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4th of July Country Fair-Themed Party in Sarajevo

Last night, we celebrated America’s 241st birthday by doing something a bit different.  We decided to take a more casual approach to our Independence Day party this year, creating a traditional Country Fair with all the elements our friends from BiH needed to enjoy a real American experience.  Fairs like this take place across our country every summer, …

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Ambassador Cormack – Independence Day Remarks 2017

  Presidency Chairman Ivanic, President  Covic, President Izetbegovic, Ministers, Diplomatic Colleagues and distinguished guests,  Dobro veče svima i dobro došli … to U.S. Embassy Sarajevo’s celebration of the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America! We’re trying a new approach this year, and I’m impressed by how many of …

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Ambassador Cormack Opens Motorola Systems Presentation in Sarajevo

The Ambassador said at the event on May 4, “The Embassy is proud to support Motorola, a company known for supplying high-quality communications systems and devices to customers around the world.  As the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I welcome opportunities like this conference to support U.S. businesses and to strengthen the economic relationship …

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Restoration of Historic Red Cross Building Complete

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the completion of the Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project for the internal reconstruction of the Red Cross Society building, Ambassador Cormack noted that with the completion of this restoration project, we mark not only the rebirth of this important building, we look toward the future; a future …

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Ambassador Cormack Opens “American Room” at the Faculty of Criminology in Sarajevo

Ambassador Cormack and Prof. Nedzad Korajlic, Dean of the Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Security Studies Faculty in Sarajevo, opened the “American Room” – a computer laboratory established with a $30,000 donation from the United States. The facility will be used by students for a joint U.S. Embassy – University of Sarajevo Court Observation Project. The …

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Science Slumber Party at the National Museum Brings Youth Together

Ambassador Cormack opened BiH’s second “Night at the Museum” (but first overnight experience) which offered hands-on learning experiences for participants from elementary and secondary schools across BiH. Designed by BiH’s NGO Center for Democracy and Education CIVITAS, and the event’s host the National Museum of BiH, the program gathered over 250 students who spent the …

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Valuable Donation to Armed Forces of BiH

On March 23, Ambassador Cormack delivered a $3.5 million donation to the Armed Forces of BiH during a ceremony at Rajlovac barracks. The donation of 24 HMMWVs provided by the U.S. government increased the capacity of the BiH Armed Forces.  During the ceremony, Ambassador noted that this donation is a clear and unmistakable symbol of U.S. commitment …

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16th Century Bridge in Žepa Protected and Preserved Thanks to AFCP Funds

Acclaimed writer and Nobel Prize Winner Ivo Andrić has written a story about the Bridge on Žepa river, a 16th century incredible monument to the history of Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Starting in 2012, the United States, through the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation and in partnership with the BiH Commission to Preserve National …

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Ambassador Maureen Cormack Remarks at Embassy Sarajevo Independence Day Celebration

Chairman Zvizdic, Distinguished Ministers and Colleagues, Honored Guests — good evening.  As the United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is an honor to host each of you for our Independence Day Celebration.  Dobrodosli and welcome. I would like to give a special welcome to the 22 U.S.-affiliated businesses that contributed their support to …

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Ambassador Cormack Visits “Bosnian and Herzegovinian Voices” Exhibit in Washington

This March, while in Washington, Ambassador Cormack visited The Phillips Collection and the exhibit of artwork created by aspiring artists, students and teachers from BiH. Last fall, the Phillips Collection partnered with U.S. Department of State to facilitate a series of workshops in BiH. Phillips Collection educators spent two weeks in Sarajevo, Mostar and Trebinje, …

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Ambassador Cormack Speaks About 20th Anniversary of Dayton at Igman Initiative

Addressing participants at Saturday’s session of the Igman Initiative, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, Ambassador Cormack emphasized that BiH is at a crossroads, with more effort needed to advance towards EU and NATO membership. She called for more decisive engagement in all fields in implementing the Reform Agenda, and noted …

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Ambassador Cormack’s American University in BiH Commencement Speech

Faculty, parents, friends, dignified guests, and the graduating class of 2015 – it is my great pleasure to address you all today at the sixth commencement ceremony of the American University of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Congratulations to the AUBiH community—and especially the graduating class of 2015 – on reaching this occasion.  I want to thank …

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U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen E. Cormack: Remarks at the Independence Day Reception

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening. As United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is an honor to host each of you this evening.  Dobrodošli and welcome. “President Ivanic, President Izetbegovic, Chairman Zvizdic, Ministers, Excellencies, Eminences , ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for being with us tonight. I would …

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Ambassador Cormack opens Counter-Terrorism Workshop

Ambassador Maureen Cormack officially welcomed participants to a Counter-Terrorism Workshop in Sarajevo hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice in order to encourage cooperation between investigators and prosecutors.  The two-day event held at the Hotel Hollywood features American counter-terrorism experts and their counterparts from SIPA and the BiH Prosecutor’s Office providing insight on how to …

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Ambassador Cormack Volunteers at the Senior Living Facility in East Sarajevo

Honoring the day of community service in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ambassador Cormack joined young people from East Sarajevo and Sarajevo who spent a day volunteering at the Senior Living Facility in East Sarajevo. Ambassador Cormack stressed that the event highlights one of the most important aspects of a democracy – the role …

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Ambassador Cormack Presents Her Credentials

United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Maureen Cormack presented her credentials to Dr. Mladen Ivanic, Chairman of the BiH Presidency, on January 16. Ambassador Cormack said: “I have the privilege here in BiH of building on the very strong, historic ties that bind our two nations together.  I look forward to working with you …

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