New U.S. co-chair of OSCE appointed (UPDATED)
USA, Washington, 07 September / corr. Trend N. Bogdanova /
UPDATED: Commens of State Secretary added in 4 paragraph
Former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia Robert Bradtke today appointed as new American co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group, Trend correspondent was told by sourse in department for the Europe and Eurasia, U.S. State Department. "The United States understands the critical importance of achieving a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and hopes that the appointment of Ambassador Bradtke continue the peacemaking policy and the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group", - said a source in the State Department.
According to the source, Robert Bradtke - experienced diplomat, including in the sphere of conflicts. Bradke was involved in Balkan issues for long time, the U.S. relationship with NATO and the OSCE from 2001 to 2004, he and former U.S. co-chair Matthew Bryza served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
According to State Department spokesman, the Government of Azerbaijan and Armenia have already informed about Bradtke's appointment. Ambassador is currently getting familiar with the new position and intends to visit the region in coming weeks.
Secretary Clinton has indicated to the two presidents her strong interest in the Minsk Group's ongoing efforts to bring the process to a fruitful conclusion, and the Obama Administration is committed to doing everything possible to support this goal, said at State Department's internet site.