Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Matthew Bryza, who left Baku last month after the Senate did not confirm his nomination, has left the Foreign Service and has moved to Turkey. No surprise there.
In an interview with Hurriyet Daily News, Bryza effectively confirms all the arguments that were made against him to become the US Ambassador to Baku. In the interview he denies the Armenian Genocide, says the Armenia-Turkey protocols process should have been tied to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, throws the Obama Administration under the bus and begrudgingly refers to “the organization that blocked me.”
“Matt Bryza’s angry interview confirms what we have said from the start, which is that he is the wrong person to represent either U.S. interests of American values in Azerbaijan,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “His strident attacks on American civil society voices who have criticized his public record sadly reveal that he’s as intolerant in dealing with the diversity of American democracy here at home, as he is uncomfortable in challenging the lack of democracy back in Azerbaijan.”
Here’s how Hurrieyt describes the Bryza situation: “As a result of the campaign of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), two democratic senators put a hold on his nomination, preventing a Senate vote. Obama sent Bryza to Baku as a recess appointment but did not push for him when he re-nominated him as the two senators continued their blockage.”
“I will continue what I’ve been doing so far in private life that involves partly academia as well as advising people, government and private sector on major investment projects,” Bryza tells Hurriyet. “You can’t imagine how happy I am to be in Istanbul. It is the perfect time to enjoy family life.”
Read the entire interview.