GUAM chairmanship to be transferred to Azerbaijan in 2012
Lithuania, Vilnius, Dec.7 / Trend special correspondent A. Smirnov /
Foreign ministers of the GUAM countries met in Vilnius on the margins of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, where it was decided to transfer the organization's chairmanship from Moldova to Azerbaijan in 2012.
The meeting also assessed Moldova's activity as the organization's president in 2011 and approved the organization's budget for 2012.
GUAM foreign ministers also discussed issues of cooperation with other international organizations.
GUAM was established by post-Soviet countries in 1997 during the EU presidential summit in Strasbourg. In 1999, Uzbekistan joined the organization, and left four years later. A decision was made to announce GUAM as an international organization under the new name, "Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM," at the organization's first summit in Kiev in 2006.