France against extension of OSCE Project Coordinator’s mandate in Azerbaijan (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 2
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
France didn't support the extension of the mandate of Alexis Chahtahtinsky, the OSCE Project Coordinator in Azerbaijan, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmat Hajiyev said.
Hajiyev was commenting on Chahtahtinsky's completed mission in Azerbaijan.
Chahtahtinsky is a citizen of France.
"The Azerbaijani foreign ministry received a letter from Alexis Chahtahtinsky, the OSCE Project Coordinator in Azerbaijan," Hajiyev said. "The letter says about the completion of the term of Chahtahtinsky's mission on May 31, 2015. The OSCE statement also says that France has not supported the extension of his mission for the next period."
The mandate of the OSCE Azerbaijan Project Coordinator Alexis Chahtahtinsky was suspended, Novruz Mammadov, the deputy head of the Azerbaijani presidential administration, chief of the administration's foreign relations department, said.
"I have learnt that the OSCE Azerbaijan Project Coordinator A. Chahtahtinsky's mandate was suspended," Mammadov tweeted June 1. "According to diplomatic circles, the position of the U.S. Representative to the OSCE was the main reason."
Mammadov added that the US Representative to the OSCE Daniel Baer rebuked Chahtahtinsky for posing in a picture next to Azerbaijan's president.
"Apparently, if Mr. Chahtahtinsky had posed next to Ambassador Baer his future career would have been more successful," Mammadov further said.
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