YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew J. Bryza was appointed the American co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk Group–Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said.
"The US informed us that Mr. Bryza will replace Steven Mann at the post of co-chair. After confirmation in Vienna he will fully engage into the process of the Nagorno Karabagh conflict settlement."
Bryza is expected to pay a visit to the region to get familiarized with the situation and the peace process.
When news of the replacement was first announced Azeri Foreign Affairs Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said that changing the American co-chairman will not have a negative impact on negotiations.
He said that what is important is that the US remains in the regulation process. He added that Mann’s replacement will be fully involved in the process within one or two months.