Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Somalia, Syria, Eritrea, and Sudan at the United Nations in New York on August 10, 2011. In addition to U.S. assistance to the Horn of Africa emergency, Ambassador Rice highlighted President Obama's statement condemning the violence being perpetrated by the Assad regime.
Ambassador Rice said, "...This morning we had a very important briefing from SRSG Mahiga on Somalia. Also, a very disturbing humanitarian update from Catherine Bragg, of OCHA, and we are in the process of continuing that discussion behind closed doors in the Council consultations room. The United States underscored our strong support for the work of SRSG Mahiga, for the good work of AMISOM. And we're also very much committed to the Kampala Accord and its successful implementation. And we're looking to the TFIs to ensure that they meet their commitments by August of 2012.
"On the humanitarian side, the United States is deeply, deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating situation. We heard today from Catherine Bragg that things are even more dire than when she last briefed last month. The United States remains the largest donor of bilateral assistance to the Horn of Africa emergency. We provided over 560 million dollars -- 565 million dollars -- this fiscal year alone, including an additional 105 million announced by the President earlier this week. And we will continue to be as active as we possibly can in support of the people of Somalia and the region. And we will also continue to encourage maximal international support for what is the worst famine and humanitarian crisis to strike Africa in 60 years, with some over 12 million people in Somalia and the region at immediate risk. So, this is one, as you have heard my President, Secretary of State, Dr. Jill Biden, and so many others say, that requires the full and immediate support and attention of the entire international community.
"This afternoon, as you know, we will talk about Syria again. This is a follow on to the Presidential statement that we adopted last week, which was a clear and strong condemnation of the violence being perpetrated by the Assad regime. We think that violence has to stop. We are mindful of the fact and encouraged by the fact that there's now a growing chorus of international condemnation -- the Security Council spoke last week, we have seen important statements from the GCC, from the Arab League, from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. We've seen steps by Kuwait and Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to withdraw their Ambassadors, and we also have seen a very strong message that Turkey has delivered in the person of the Foreign Minister, most recently yesterday. And we hope very much that the delegation that's being sent by the IBSA countries will echo that very strong message that the violence has to stop -- they need to pull back into barracks and be credible about this reform process, which, to date, they have absolutely failed to do. From the United States' point of view, we're going to continue and intensify our pressure both through our national actions and additional sanctions, as well as coordinated efforts with other partners here in New York and around the world."
You can find Ambassador Rice's complete remarks here.