US Ambassador to OSCE Praises Turkey’s Role in Minsk Group

United States Ambassador to the OSCE, Daniel B. Baer
United States Ambassador to the OSCE, Daniel B. Baer

United States Ambassador to the OSCE, Daniel B. Baer

VIENNA—The United States Ambassador to the OSCE, Daniel B. Baer on Thursday praised Turkey’s role as a Minsk Group member in remarks delivered the organization’s permanent council.

“We note recent statements that have called into question Turkey’s constructiveness as a Minsk Group member and disagree with that assessment. Turkey has been a valuable member of the Minsk Group and has worked cooperatively with the Co-Chairs on finding a way forward in peace talks,” Baer said in defense of Turkey whose role was deemed as destructive to the Karabakh talks earlier this week by Russia’s Ambassador to the OSCE, Aleksandr Lukashevich.

The Russian diplomat on Monday deplored Turkey’s unconditional support for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, calling Ankara’s pro-Azerbaijani position “destructive.”

“There is a strict understanding that the three co-chairs [of the OSCE Minsk Group] — Russia, France and the U.S. — carry the main burden, as do other members of the Minsk Group,” said Lukashevich. “Turkey, by the way, is also a member. But the leading role [in the Karabakh peace process] is reserved for the three co-chairs.”

“Therefore, attempts to defend one of the parties to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh are absolutely destructive and cannot have any continuation,” added the diplomat.

Armenian National Committee of America Chairman Ken Hachikian responded Friday to U.S. Baer’s statement.

“In the wake of Ambassador Baer’s recent reckless statement, it is clear that the leadership of our State Department needs to exercise considerably greater caution and thoughtfulness regarding officials who encourage a direct Turkish role in the Nagorno Karabakh peace process,” said Hachikian.

“Ankara makes no secret of its pro-Baku bias, and long ago abandoned any pretense of neutrality. Look at the facts: The Erdogan government actively supports Aliyev’s virulent anti-Armenian positions, openly providing military aid and training to the Azerbaijani military, while, at the same time, blockading Armenia, contrary to international law, and seeking to isolate Yerevan in the international arena. Turkey’s strategy — and the international community’s unwillingness to call them out on it — has emboldened an aggressive and intransigent Azerbaijan to increase its attacks – leading to over 43 Armenian deaths in 2015 alone,” added Hachikian.

“Why then, do U.S. officials allow themselves to be used as props in Erdogan’s farce, pretending that the Turkish government will – against all evidence – play the role of some sort of impartial mediator?” asked Hachikian.

“Why is it that U.S. leaders can’t seem to find our moral compass when its comes to Turkey – on issues ranging from justice for the Armenian Genocide and a peace for Syria to freedom for Nagorno Karabakh?” emphasized Hachikian.

“This Administration’s shameful legacy of endlessly caving in to Turkish threats – at the expense of our own values and interests as a nation – is truly a national disgrace – an embarrassment beneath the dignity of the American people,” commented Hachikian.

“Tearing down the firewall between Turkey and the Karabakh talks would only result in adding more fuel to the fire, setting back the cause of lasting peace,” concluded Hachikian.


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  1. Original Armenian said:

    This is a counter punch to recent Russian comments on Turkey’s role in the OSCE Minsk Group. Destabilizing any order inevitably causes a reaction equal or greater in return.

  2. danoog said:

    Obama doesn’t want to piss off his best friend Erdogan. I can’t wait for Obama’s term to end. He is an enemy of Armenia and does not represent US values.

  3. Vindicated Man said:

    I don’t understand. Since when do we have Turkey in the Minsk Group? Turkey is simply not in the club of respected countries. It is a fascist regime that is disguised as an aspiring democracy. And I am shocked to hear such messages coming from the West. The thing is that, if one were to choose between Russia and Turkey, there must be absolutely no questions that Russia should be favored. Turkey has been building stronger and stronger bonds with terrorists, as it is, essentially, a terrorist country itself.

  4. vartan said:

    he is another US corrupted official who is bribed by Turkey which is official supporter of ISIS . Some officials in state department are really blind to truth in the region , Turkey is never been a US ALLAY and her membership in the NATO , is like having ISIS as a NATO member. wake up and change your policy.

  5. Ara Kasparian said:

    I am astonished as to how ineffective the Armenians in the USA are despite the efforts of the ANC and the old Armenian Assembly. We have failed to have any effective influence on the US foreign policy. An affront such as this should have elicited a total outrage by the Armenians here. Alas, from our inability to help the Syrian Armenians politically to the lack of influence in the US affairs with OSCE, we are impotent. We deserve a collective shame.

  6. Antranik soultanian said:

    Ambassador Baer can say what he wants. It is up to us to stand firm and keep out Turkey. I would like to be a fly on the wall and have a look at his bank balance. Seriously. as far as the US is concerned our problem has always been the STATE DEPARTMENT. Our lobby has to do a better job twisting arms.Having said that I am not holding my breath. With this neoconservatives in charge I am afraid it is a dead loss situation.

  7. GB said:

    This wonderful man have received 50 barrels of fresh crude oil from Axeri president and 500 package of sweet Turkish delights from Rajab Oghloo’s foreign ministry office, by Midnight Express polar train!

  8. Saaten Maagar said:

    Mr. Baer seems to be following in the footsteps of the former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Matthew James Bryza, who was on the Turkish government payroll and after quitting the US state department now lives in Turkey with his Turkish wife. It sure looks like Mr. Putin is right in saying that Turks are very eager to lick the private parts of US diplomats.

  9. Vagharshak Sevulyan said:

    Is this guy crazy or what or he has no history knowledge , and The United States Ambassador to the OSCE, Daniel B. Baer is the Ambassador puppet of America. Let him go to Arstakh and learn Armenian history Turks and Azeris then open his mouth.

  10. Alex Postallian said:

    When is my country,the U.S, going to get rid of these BRIBED diplomats,that go to jerky turkey,with their back pockets,wide open,and embarrass us,with their STUPID REMARKS,and BEHAVIOR….