YEREVAN—US Ambassador to Armenia Marie Yovanovitch will leave Armenia in June as her tour of duty concludes, reported the US Embassy.
Yovanovitch is expected to return to Washington where she will become US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Northern and Central Europe, said Embassy spokeswomen Taguhi Jahukyan.
She assumed her duties in Armenia in 2008.
“We respect Ambassador Yovanovitch’s service and value her time in Yerevan, but regret that her term was marked by cuts in U.S. aid, a lack of progress on trade, and heavy pressure on Armenia to sign off on the one-sided Turkey-Armenia Protocols,” said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America.
“These accords, billed by the Ambassador and her colleagues as beneficial to Armenia, strived to deliver for Ankara it’s long-sought ‘historical commission’ to cast doubt on the Armenian Genocide, assisted the efforts of genocide deniers to defer and derail Armenian Genocide recognition efforts worldwide, and provided President Obama with political cover to break his pledge to properly recognize this crime,” added Hamparian.
“Looking back, beyond all the hype used to promote the Protocols, it’s clear that they have been a detriment to Armenia, a danger for Nagorno Karabakh, an offense to Armenian Americans, and – as a result of Turkey’s brazen backpedaling – an embarrassment for U.S. diplomacy,” explained Hamparian.
“We wish Ambassador Yovanovitch well in her new post and look forward to a comprehensive confirmation process that ensures that the President’s forthcoming nominee to serve in Yerevan will be a powerful voice for American values, and an effective leader who will deliver real results in developing a mutually-beneficial U.S.-Armenia relationship,” said the ANCA director.