Azeri Paper Says Bryza Next US Envoy to Azerbaijan

BAKU (APA)—The Azeri Press Agency reported on Tuesday that the chief US negotiator for the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process will be appointed as the next US Ambassador to Azerbaijan.

Citing a report by the Russian Regnum News Agency, APA said an anonymous high level official at the US State Department had already confirmed Bryza’s appointment with official Baku.

Bryza, the American co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, is a controversial figure in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks.

Foreign Policy Magazine speculated last month that Bryza, had been short-listed to become the Obama Administration’s pick for the recently vacated ambassadorial post in Baku. According to a blog run by the magazine, Daniel Fried, the former US Assistant Secretary of State of European and Eurasian Affairs, had raised the issue with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Bryza and Fried denied those speculations shortly after the report was published. But reports from the region continue to speculate that the appointment will be made.

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