GUAM National Coordinators to Meet in Kiev
Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 January / Тrend corr S. Agayeva / The next meeting of the National Coordinators of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM ( Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova) is planned to take place in Kiev in February. Prior to that the experts will meet in Kiev in order to develop the agenda of the meeting of the Council of National Coordinators (CNC), the GUAM Secretariat reported from Kiev on 15 January.
At the meeting of the CNC, there are plans to discuss the institutional development and organizational activities of GUAM, as well as international and regional security and stability, interaction amongst the GUAM countries within the framework of international organizations, primarily the UN and OSCE and the development of GUAM with other international organizations and countries.
The same issues are currently being discussed in Baku amongst the GUAM Secretary-General Valeriy Chechelashvili, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamamdyarov and Araz Azuimov, the Deputy Foreign Minister, who is also the Azerbaijani National Coordinator in GUAM.
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 were renamed the 'Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM'.