Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks Commemorating World Refugee Day

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 18, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks at a World Refugee Day event, co-hosted by the Department of State and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Friday, June 18. Along with Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Eric Schwartz and President of the International Rescue Committee George Rupp, the Secretary was joined electronically by UNHCR Antonio Gutierrez in Syria, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie at a refugee camp in Ecuador, and from refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Secretary said, "This marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Refugee Act, and I want to thank each and every one of you who have been instrumental over these past 30 years, because the plight of the world's refugees is an issue that transcends not just geography and ethnicity, but politics and partisanship as well. It reminds us that we are all vulnerable, no matter how comfortable our lives may appear to be, but we, too, around the world -- those of us who enjoy the benefits of the life that we have built or inherited, we, too, are vulnerable to war and conflict, droughts and floods, environmental disasters, as we've seen even in our own country.

She continued, "Now, for the United States this has been an enduring commitment, but our work on behalf of refugees is not the result of some grand strategic calculus. We don't help because it bolsters our ability to play power politics or advance our economic interests, although in the long run I believe it does make our nation stronger and allow us to promote reconciliation and stability in areas of desperation and despair. We help because it is the right thing to do. We happen to believe it's also the smart thing to do, but even in cases where it doesn't appear all that smart, it's still often right. And therefore, we proceed."

Click here to read the Secretary's full remarks.

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OysterCracker
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United States
June 18, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Causing mayhem and strife as a means to profit is unacceptable in today's world. The USA needs to take a very long, critical look at itself. You can't bang the drumbeat of human rights while simultaneously wreaking havoc in the world. Supporting nations in intelligent partnerships will have a much more profound affect on the world than centuries of strife.

OysterCracker
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United States
June 18, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Professionalizing development teams like a huge army of ants to quell conflicts that quickly get people working and making money would be far more beneficial to global trade than the current reality. Marginalizing drug dealers and organized criminals and getting them on a more positive track would spare the world from erupting into conflict every other week. Think massive development, education, partnerships and trade. The world's security is being hijacked by greedy criminals that need socializing and a new mindset, including American ones too. Profiting from illicit business is passe. It's time to lose the greedy brain and bring a little bit of morality back to capitalism.

Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
June 19, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

I thought the live broadcasts from the camps,
helped to get a better understanding of the situation in these countries.
It's too bad they couldn't get live video of
the camp in Ecuador,where Angelina Jolie was
talking from.But she gave a pretty good discription of how things were there.

Hillary's Remarks were also very helpful, in understanding what our government is doing
to help the Refugees in these Countries.

Cya-Later..have a nice weekend..:)

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