GUAM Not to Create Unified Armed Forces – Secretary General
The regional organization GUAM uniting Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova does not plan to create unified armed forces, the Secretary General of GUAM Valeriy Chechelashvili said to journalists in Tokyo on 5 December. Chechelashvili is visiting Japan as head of the delegation including National Coordinators of GUAM member countries, ITAR-TASS reported.
"We do not plan that. However, members of the organization are discussing opportunities to create military units which will take part in peacekeeping operations in case the UN applies to GUAM," Chechelashvili said.
According to a member of the delegation, who is the Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Veselovski, GUAM is different by its openness and readiness to cooperate with all partners possessing European democratic and market values. "Our organization is ready for cooperation with all, including Russia. We consider regional cooperation as an important element in the development of world economy," he said.