Ambassador Donald Lu’s Remarks at the 2020 Internews Stremlenie Awards

Dear colleagues, What has been the most important Kyrgyz news story of the past 18 months since our last awards ceremony?  Elections?  Coronavirus?  Revolution?  No. The single most important story of the past 18 months has been the investigative journalism about the criminal empire of Raim Million.  But why was it so important? Organized crime …

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U.S Ambassador Donald Lu’s Remarks on the Occasion of USAID’s Handover of Oxygen Concentrators to the Kyrgyz Republic

November 25, 2020 Mrs. Zhunusheva, Dr. Maanaev, Dr. Aaliyev, Dr. Tolbashieva, Dr. Ainura,  respected doctors and nurses in the red zone, Two weeks ago, I did not know what a high-flow oxygen concentrator was or why it was important in the treatment of severe cases of COVID-19.  Ten days ago my mother and stepfather in …

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Ambassador Donald Lu Addresses Bishkek Investment Forum

October 11, 2019 The Honorable Minister of Economy Mr. Mukanbetov, Mr. Adilbek uluu, JIA Chairman Omoshov and our host Mr. Mamashov, ladies and gentlemen, Why is there so little American, European, Japanese and Korean trade and investment in Kyrgyzstan?  The answer is simple:  Fear of corruption. Allow me to offer some suggestions about how the …

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Ambassador Donald addresses the Regional Civil Society Conference

Honorable Prime Minister Abylgaziev, Minister Abaev, Chairman Salimzoda, Mr. Bekmorodov, Dr. Kassim-Lakha, My Kyrgyz teacher taught me, “Оюндан от чыгат” or in Russian, “маленькими щепками можно разжечь больцой пожар.” I would argue that the most important event for civil society recently has been the anti-uranium mining protests that started in the small village of Kok-Moynok …

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Senior Bureau Official Alice G. Wells Remarks on Repatriation of Stolen Assets to the Kyrgyz Republic

Senior Bureau Official Alice G. Wells Remarks Illicit Funds Recovery Event with Minister of Finance Baktygul Jeenbaeva Monday, February 26, 2019, 2:30 p.m. Ministry of Finance, 58, Erkindik bulvar, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic   Саламатсыздарбы! (Translation: Greetings!) Thank you, Minister Jeenbaeva.  It is a great honor for me to join you today as a sign of …

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Chargé d’Affaires Alan Meltzer’s New Year Greeting

Kyrgyz Republic and the United States:  Reflecting on our Partnership The holiday season is for slowing down, taking a break, and enjoying precious time with one’s nearest and dearest.  I think that many of us, Kyrgyz and Americans alike, are now taking stock of the past 12 months, celebrating accomplishments, appreciating friendships, and seizing the …

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Op-Ed Remarks of Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney on International Human Rights Day

This year, in marking International Human Rights Day on December 10, we also celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.  In 1945, World leaders, in the aftermath of the horrors of WW2, based the UN’s Charter on their shared desire to foster peace, promote human rights, and chart a path forward …

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