US President Barack Obama’s nomination of onetime Nagorno-Karabakh conflict mediator Matthew Bryza to be Washington’s envoy to Azerbaijan is sparking opposition from Armenian diaspora organizations and from within Armenia itself.
Obama’s May 25 nomination statement described Bryza and one other ambassadorial nominee as “talented and dedicated individuals.” During a 22-year diplomatic career, Bryza has served in Moscow and Warsaw, and has held advisory positions within the National Security Council and White House. During those stints he worked closely on energy policy planning for the Caspian Sea region. In his last post, as deputy assistant secretary of state of European and Eurasian affairs, Bryza served as the US chairperson of the Minsk Group, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s vehicle for overseeing talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive].
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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan.