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ANCA Reacts to Hoagland’s Appointment as Interim OSCE Minsk Group U.S. Co-Chair

WASHINGTON—The United States Embassy in Yerevan announced on Dec. 30 that Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland will be replacing James Warlick as the U.S. Co-Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group on an interim basis. The embassy also announced that Warlick’s permanent replacement will be announced at a future date.

Ambassadro Richard Hoagland (Photo: AAD)

Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian offered the following statement regarding the appointment of Ambassador Hoagland as interim Co-Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group.

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A seasoned diplomat, Ambassador Hoagland brings a broad array of experiences dealing with the Caucasus, including, most notably, his denial of the Armenian Genocide during his Senate confirmation process, which lead to bi-partisan Senate opposition, a ‘hold’ on his appointment, and the eventual withdrawal of his nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia.

While we certainly remain mindful of this unfortunate episode and others, including his role in the flawed and ultimately failed Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission, we expect a constructive relationship with Ambassador Hoagland and look forward to working with him as he engages with American civil society and other stakeholders in the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh/NKR) peace process.

In 2006, Hoagland was nominated as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, in the wake of the controversial recall of Ambassador John Evans following his accurate characterization of the Armenian Genocide. The ANCA opposed Ambassador Hoagland’s confirmation, explaining, in a Jan. 2007 letter to U.S. Senators, that he had “disqualified himself as an acceptable choice by denying the Armenian Genocide. His written statements, offered in response to questions posed to him during his confirmation hearing, went far beyond the bounds of the Administration’s already deeply flawed policy, actually calling into question the Armenian Genocide as a historical fact. Ambassador-designate Hoagland has since not provided an unambiguous public statement affirming that he does not question the clear genocidal intent of the Ottoman Turkish government against its Armenian population.”  On Aug. 3, 2007, the White House announced the withdrawal of Hoagland’s nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia.

Hoagland has over 30 years of U.S. diplomatic experience, including serving as U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan from 2003 to 2006, U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan from 2008 to 2011, and as Deputy Ambassador to Pakistan from 2011 to 2013. Ambassador Hoagland most recently led U.S.-Russian military coordination for the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria and served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department in Washington. Prior to these assignments, Ambassador Hoagland led the Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs in the Bureau of Europe and Eurasian Affairs and was Press Spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

The United States, France and Russia, co-chair the OSCE Minsk Group, tasked, since 1994, with mediating a peaceful and long-term resolution of the Nagorno Karabagh issue.  Mr. Hoagland’s interim appointment follows the tenure of Ambassador James Warlick, who will be stepping down from position on Dec. 31.  The date of the appointment of permanent U.S. co-chair to the OSCE Minsk Group has not been announced.

6 Comments on ANCA Reacts to Hoagland’s Appointment as Interim OSCE Minsk Group U.S. Co-Chair

  1. avatar Charles Paskerian // December 30, 2016 at 2:01 pm // Reply

    A disgusting appointment.

  2. This one may be worse than his predecessor. Pitiful sight of the American diplomacy. Aren’t there fresh faces in this country? Or America is only able to recall the worst practices of the Cold War by expelling foreign diplomats based on evidence-free accusations? Deplorable…

  3. Let me be frank:
    Hoagland is a Genocide denier, and the only positions he is qualified for are animal control officer or meter maid.

  4. avatar vart adjemian // December 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm // Reply

    This appointment is sheer insensitivity.
    His nomination to the ambassadorship of Armenia was thwarted and withdrawn because he is Genocide denier.
    Now he is being given a position where he will deny the Azeri violations, aggressions, hostilities and other criminal actions.
    Obama seems to place someone as co-chair of the Minsk group, who will do nothing to bring peace; on the contrary will place the blame game on the Armenian side.
    Disgusting and disgraceful.
    Vart Adjemian
    the Armenian

  5. Armenian officials should take Hoagland to Tsitsernakaberd to honor the genocide victims as first order. Its abundantly clear the US State Dept, regardless of President, will never be a friend of the Armenian people. This tradition goes back to the 1930’s when it purposely thwarted Hollywood from making ‘The 40 days at Musadagh’ for appeasing Muslim Turks and to help hide the Armenian mass murders. This betrayal by the US State Dept. was just 15 years after the Genocide. It works hard till this day to counter anything Armenian and appointing this Armenian genocide denier Hoagland is just part of that purposeful effort.. Know your enemies.

  6. Not only protest Mr. Hoaglund’s assignment but also refuse to deal with him
    unless he has read the Armenian history of Turkish Genocide properly, not as lobbeyist for Turkey, and reversed his stand as a denier of Genocide of Armenians.

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