GUAM National Coordinators Discuss Implementation of Baku Declaration
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend K.Ramazanova / On 20 September the national coordinators of the Organization for Democracy and Development - GUAM - set up discussions in Baku regarding the Baku declaration, signed during the summit of heads of State of the organization due in Azerbaijani capital in June, Veleriy Chechelashvili, the GUAM Secretary-General said before the meeting of the national coordinators.
Representatives from GUAM countries ( Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) should coordinate the agenda of the seventh meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers due on 20-21 September in Baku and the fourth meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers which will take during the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The sides have not confirmed the date of the Foreign Ministers meeting.
The 62nd session of the UN General Assembly is expected to cover the results of the 'frozen conflicts', worldwide security and development, issues for preventing armed confrontations and the situation in occupied territories of Azerbaijan
Earlier the Secretary-General of GUAM, Valeri Chechelashvili, reported to Trend that a project of resolution on lingering conflicts in GUAM countries may be put forward for consideration by the UN General Assembly at the beginning of September. A project for the resolution regarding lingering conflicts in GUAM, in particular Dniester ( Moldova), Nagorno-Karabakh ( Azerbaijan) and Georgian-Abkhazian was developed and included in the agenda of the UN General Assembly at the end of 2006. Later, the representatives of GUAM removed the issue from the agenda
The four post-Soviet republics Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, established this format in 1997 during the summit of the head of state of the European Union member-countries in Strasbourg. In 1999 Uzbekistan joined the organization, but left after four years. In 2006 the first summit of the organization in Kiev made a decision to declare GUAM an international organization and rename 'Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM'.