GUAM Foreign Ministers to Discuss in New York Draft Resolution Lingering Conflicts
Belgium, Brussels / corr Trend A.Maharramli / The foreign ministers of the GUAM, an alliance of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, intend to discuss in New York a draft resolution on lingering conflicts in their countries to aid it in the 62nd UN General Assembly. "We [Foreign Ministers] will probably meet in New York late this September to discuss the draft document. We have decided to adjourn the issue from the 61st UN General Assembly to the 62nd session," Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, said in an interview with Trend in Brussels.
The draft resolution, especially in Pridnestrov`e ( Moldova), Nagorno-Karabakh ( Azerbaijan), and Georgian-Abkhazian conflicts, was devised and included in the agenda of the UN General Assembly at the end of 2006. This issue was excluded from the agenda by GUAM representatives themselves.
"The GUAM Foreign Ministers discussed this resolution, Mammadyarov said. Moldova and Georgia participated in the discussions. Though Ukraine did not attend the gathering, we are aware of its position," he said. However, the ministers did not comment on whether or not the GUAM countries will gain support from the necessary number of UN countries for including the issue in the agenda and subsequent support during the discussion of the draft document at the session.
The seventh meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the 'Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM' has been scheduled to take place on 20-21 September in Baku. The agenda of the meeting includes preparation for the fourth meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of GUAM countries, which will take place within the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly, Azerbaijan's permanent representative to GUAM, Sabuhi Temirov, earlier informed Trend. On-going conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security, and development, and specifically the situation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, are expected to be discussed at the upcoming 62nd UN General Assembly.
GUAM was formed by post-Soviet countries in 1997. In 2006, at the first summit of the organization in Kiev, the decision to announce GUAM as an international organization with a new name of 'Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM' was made.