Poland’s Assistance in Popularizing GUAM in Europe to be Discussed in Europe

Politics Materials 20 February 2008 19:54 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 February / corr Trend S.Agayeva / On 20 Feb, Poland's assistance in full-scale operative functioning of free trade zone will be discussed in Warsaw, at a meeting of the GUAM-Poland format.

It is planned to discuss the perspectives of cooperation between GUAM and Poland, and popularization of the organization in Europe, the Azerbaijani embassy in Warsaw told Trend over a telephone on 20 February.

Major attention will be paid to transport, energy and mobilization of the potential of parties for the establishment of integration and security area in the GUAM region, as per the European principles, standards and criteria.

Khalaf Khalafov, the Deputy Foreign Minister, will represent Azerbaijan in the forum, the embassy said.

Four post-Soviet republics; Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, established the GUAM format in 1997, during a summit of presidents of European Union countries in Strasburg. In 1999, Uzbekistan joined the organization, but left four years later. In 2006, at the first summit of the organization in Kiev, a decision was made to announce GUAM as an international organization with a new name; Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM.

Later, several formats such as GUAM-USA, GUAM-Japan, GUAM-Poland, and GUAM-EU were established within the framework of GUAM.