WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Monday announced the appointment of Ambassador James Warlick as the next U.S. Co-Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, which comprises Russia and France as well.

“Ambassador Warlick brings extensive experience in Europe and Eurasia to this position,” Kerry said in a statement. “The United States remains firmly committed to helping the sides reach a lasting and peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”

Ambassador Warlick most recently served as Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and lead negotiator for the Bilateral Security Agreement with Afghanistan. He served as Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2009-2012, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs from 2006 to 2009, and Director of the Office of European Security and Political Affairs from 2005 to 2006.

“He is a first-rate diplomat, and I am confident that he will do a tremendous job in this critical post,” Kerry said.

Ambassador Warlick will assume his new position in September.

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