New French Minsk Group Co-Chair Appointed

The reported new French co-chair Jacques Faure

PARIS—France has reportedly appointed a career diplomat, Jacques Faure, to serve as the new French Co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, according to the Paris-based political scientist Gaidz Minassian, who added that the current co-chair Bernard Fassier will pay his last visit to the region at the end of November.

Minasian, who is an expert at the Foundation for Strategic Research of France (on the Caucasus, Turkey, Iran and Russia), said Faure who previously served as France’s ambassador to Ukraine, will be appointed after the conclusion of his tour in Kiev.

From 1977 to 1980, Faure worked in the head office of the French Foreign Ministry. From 1980 to 1981 he served as the second secretary of the French Ambassador in Warsaw and from 1981 to1985 he was the first secretary in the same embassy.

From 1989 to 1992 the diplomat was the acting head of the French Foreign Ministry Department on the East and Central Europe.

From 1992 to present Faure has served as ambassador to Albania, Estonia Slovakia and Kiev. During that time he was also he was also deputy head of the department for Eastern Partnership of the central board of the French Foreign Ministry, as well as the European Department head for the ministry.

He has been Paris’ envoy to Kiev since 2008.

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