US Appoints New Karabakh Negotiator

WASHINGTON (Reuters)–The US State Department has appointed Carey Cavanaugh–deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Bern–to replace Donald Keyser as special negotiator for Nagorno-Karabakh–it said on Monday.

The special negotiator doubles as one of the three joint chairmen of the so-called Minsk Group–which was set up by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to mediate between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The other chairmen are from Russia and France.

A State Department statement said Cavanaugh would start work as special negotiator immediately and would return to Washington at a date yet to be decided.

The special negotiator is also responsible for other conflicts in the states which made up the Soviet Union.

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