On July 1-5, 2010, Secretary Clinton will travel to Central Europe and the Caucasus. She will make stops in Kiev, Krakow, Baku, Yerevan, and Tbilisi. During a special press briefing, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon provided an overview of the Secretary's trip.
Assistant Secretary Gordon said, "Her focus in Ukraine is on the strategic partnership between the United States and Ukraine…In Krakow on the 3rd, the Secretary will participate in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Community of Democracies…After Krakow, the Secretary will be visiting three South Caucasus countries, where she will have the opportunity to emphasize the importance of our bilateral relations with Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia…"
Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner offered insights on the Secretary's visit to Poland and her speech at the Community of Democracies event.
Assistant Secretary Posner said, "It's a meeting of approximately 75 governments, representatives of civil society, and really very much in keeping with the President and Secretary Clinton's commitment to democracy promotion and principled engagement. The Secretary's speech will focus on human rights and, in particular, on the role of civil society."
Read the full transcript of the briefing here.