Bush Nominates New Minsk Group

Co-ChairYEREVAN (Armenpress)–US state department official confirmed President George W. Bush’s nomination of US diplomat and member of the Senior Foreign Service Rudolf Vilem Perina to be the next US negotiator for Karabakh conflict–reported RFE/RL.

Ken Hillas–the deputy special negotiator for Karabakh and Eurasian conflicts said on Monday–that Rudolf Vilem Perina–who is currently serving as the US Ambassador in Moldova–will succeed Carey Cavanaugh in OSCE Minsk Group.

Rudolf Vilem Perina joined the Foreign Service of the State Department in 1974–and has specialized in Russian–East European–German and NATO affairs. He has been assigned to the US Embassy in Ottawa (1975-76)–the NATO desk of the State Department (1976-78)–the US Embassy in Moscow (1979-81)–the US Mission in Berlin (1981-85)–and the US Mission to NATO in Brussels (1985-87).

Perina has also served as Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff (1987-89)–as Deputy Chairman of the US Delegation to the Vienna Negotiations on Confidence and Security-Building Measures in Europe (1989-1992)–as Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Belgrade (1993-96)–and as Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs (1996-97).

Perina earned his BA degree at the University of Chicago and did graduate studies at Columbia University where he received his MA and Ph.D. degrees in European history. He speaks several foreign languages including Czech–Romanian–Russian–German–and French.

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