The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has approved the nomination of Matthew Bryza as Washington’s ambassador to Azerbaijan, a post that has been vacant for more than a year. Azerbaijani media energetically heralded the committee vote, although most online outlets misinterpreted it to mean that Bryza had been confirmed as the new US envoy to Baku.
After a prolonged tussle over Bryza’s reputedly cozy ties to members of the Azerbaijani government, committee members voted 17-to-2 to approve Bryza’s appointment, RFE/RL reported. Bryza’s nomination to the post, made by US President Barack Obama in May, still requires confirmation by the full US Senate. The committee vote occurred on September 21. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive].
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