BAKU—US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza, in what sounds like an appeal for his job, said “If I were an Armenian, I would support my candidacy [to the post],” claiming that he has even endured criticism from his Azeri friends during his tenure in the Caucasus.
“I was always just during all these negotiations and was even subject to serious criticism by Azerbaijani friends. I do not know why it happens, I know that it is nor Armenia but a small group of people,” the Azeri APA news agency quoted Bryza as saying. The news agency said Bryza “found it difficult to comment on the reason the Armenian lobby in the United States speaks against his candidacy.”
“I am looking forward to the decision of our Senate. People in America find it difficult to understand what the matter is and they even criticize the absence of voting. I hope to continue activity as the ambassador within the next two years,” said Bryza, according to the APA report.
He said Azerbaijan is a wonderful partner and it is possible to attain much in terms of bilateral cooperation with US.
Perhaps the Ambassador should do a better assessment of his record while on official capacity in the Caucasus.