“In this capacity, Ambassador Reeker will serve as U.S. OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair and lead negotiator for the U.S. delegation to the Geneva International Discussions during this critical period,” Blinken clarified in a statement.
“The United States is committed to helping Armenia and Azerbaijan negotiate a long-term political settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Ambassador Reeker will engage bilaterally, with like-minded partners such as the European Union, and through his role as an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair, to facilitate direct dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Ambassador Reeker’s appointment at this time reaffirms the importance the United States places in the Geneva International Discussions on Georgia,” included Blinken.
Blinken claimed that Reeker brings substantial experience in Europe and also global companies. He offered most just recently at the Consular office of the United States of America in the United Kingdom as Chargé d’Affaires to the Court of St. James’s. From March 2019 to August 2021, Ambassador Reeker was Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and also Eurasian Affairs. Before heading the Bureau, Ambassador Reeker was Private Citizen Replacement and also Plan Expert to the Leader of United State European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He offered previously as USA Consul General in Milan, covering north Italy, and also was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State concentrated on the Balkans, Central Europe, and also Holocaust Issues. From 2008-2011 he was United State Ambassador to North Macedonia.
Baku fasted to comment regarding Reeker’s visit with Azerbaijan’s international ministry spokesperson Layla Abdullayeva cautioned the united state regarding estranging itself from the Armenia-Azerbaijan tranquility procedure.
“Attempts to ‘reanimate’ the practically non-functioning Minsk Group can lead to the alienation of the U.S. from the normalization process of Azerbaijani-Armenian relations,” Abdullayeva claimed in a declaration.
“The Azerbaijani position on the Minsk Group has been repeatedly expressed and clearly stated at the highest level. The Karabakh conflict has been settled and Karabakh is an integral part of Azerbaijan. The international community, including our partners, should realize that linking talks on the normalization of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations with the Karabakh issue in no way serves the normalization process,” included Abdullayeva stating Baku’s long-held setting that the Karabakh problem has actually been cleared up.
The USA, including Blinken, have actually been concise in insisting the requirement for a detailed negotiation of the Karabakh problem.