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U.S./Cauc: Washington Appoints New Negotiator On Nagorno-Karabakh

Munich, 11 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - The United States has appointed Lynn Pascoe as its new negotiator with Armenia and Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute. The posting has not been officially announced by the State Department, but our Washington correspondent confirms the appointment.

Pascoe will join French and Russian negotiators in Armenia and Azerbaijan this weekend for talks on re-starting the deadlocked peace negotiations. Pascoe replaces Joseph Presel, who has represented the U.S. for the past three years.

Diplomats say Pascoe has served in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and speaks Russian. However much of his career has been concerned with Asia. He served in Beijing and Taiwan and was on the east-Asia desk of the State Department.

The other leading negotiators on Nagorno-Karabakh are Georges Vaugier of France and Valentin Lozinsky of Russia.