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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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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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’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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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 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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HJPC event launching the USAID-supported Judicial Effectiveness Index

Hotel Terme Remarks Ambassador Maureen Cormack President Tegeltija, Director Suljagic, ministers, fellow ambassadors, judges and prosecutors, distinguished guests: A decade ago, when USAID first piloted the Case Management System in six Bosnian courts, there was widespread skepticism as to whether it would be adopted and used.   While not a perfect system, today the judiciary uses …

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Ambassador Cormack’s Remarks at the “2020 Vision for BiH: Prospects for Progress”

U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack Remarks at the “2020 Vision for BiH: Prospects for Progress” May 16, Sarajevo Good morning distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. Five months ago, our hosts today from Johns Hopkins SAIS brought many of us together on Jahorina to begin a discussion on taking the necessary steps to build a …

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FBiH Women’s Caucus Conference about Economic and Political Empowerment of Women

BiH Parliamentary Assembly (Blue Room) Remarks Ambassador Maureen Cormack I am very happy to be here today.   This is my first official event with the Federation Women’s Caucus, but I first heard about your good work from Senator Jeanne Shaheen  and her chief of staff, Maura Keefe, who very much appreciate having been your partners …

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Presentation of the Diagnostic Assessment of the Integrity of Judiciary in BiH

Hotel Bristol Remarks Ambassador Maureen Cormack President Tegeltija, Director Lisak, distinguished ministers, judges and prosecutors, attorneys, donor representatives, honored guests. Since I arrived here in Bosnia and Herzegovina one year ago, I have consistently noted that corruption is one of the biggest challenges facing BiH today.  In December, the U.S. Embassy hosted a week of …

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Igman Initiative – 20 Years After Dayton

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I am very pleased to join the Igman Initiative today as you celebrate the 20th anniversaries of both the courageous trip over Mt. Igman that launched your initiative and of the Dayton Peace Agreement. The importance of your thought-provoking conversations on Bosnia and Herzegovina is …

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Remarks for International Human Rights Day

Chairman Bojic, Minister Borovac, Speaker of House of Peoples Tadic members of the Parliament, members of the academic community, representatives of civil society, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you on this important occasion; Human Rights Day. Today we commemorate the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in …

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Anticorruption Award Ceremony

Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests I am very honored to be here today to recognize those who have demonstrated true dedication and courage in the fight against corruption.  These individuals represent the many men and women who work to bring justice and transparency to the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and, I hope after today, …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack Conference “Bosnia and Herzegovina – Road to COP21

Ministers, Ambassador Bodonyi, Ambassador Sinanoglu, and distinguished guests – As 190 countries prepare for the COP 21 event in Paris next week, we are gathered here today to consider the context of what is at stake when we discuss climate change, and focus on how we can ensure success in Paris and here in BiH. …

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Remarks for Dayton Peace Accords 20th Anniversary Conference at SAIS

As Prepared for Delivery Ladies and Gentlemen, Honored guests, Distinguished Colleagues, Dobro Jutro and Good morning! Introduction I am very honored to be here today to open this conference and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, technically known as the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. …

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Remarks for Parliament MoU Signing Ceremony in Support of B-H Cultural Institutions and Announcement of $625,000 AFCP Donation to National Museum

Parliament Ceremonial Hall, September 15, 2015, 13:00 p.m. Dragi svi danas okupljeni ovdje na ovaj istinski poseban dan! To all of you gathered here today, what a special day! This is an important day for all the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a day to celebrate a priceless institution, your National Museum.  With the agreement …

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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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United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Maureen Cormack – Welcome Reception Remarks

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening to you all. Thank you for your warm welcome, both tonight and in the days since we arrived. We’ve had a wonderful introduction to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and we are grateful for everyone’s kind hospitality and well wishes. My husband Bill sends his regards— he is a construction engineer with …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack Closing Ceremony of AFCP Red Cross Project

Mayor Komšić, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: I am honored to be here today to mark the successful completion of important restoration works to the Red Cross Society building, which were carried out with funding from the U.S. Embassy’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, in close collaboration with the Commission to Preserve National Monuments and …

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