Poland Ready to Support GUAM’s Efforts in Consolidation of Democracy and Market Economy
Azerbaijan, Baku, 22 February / Trend corr S. Agayeva / Poland is ready to support the efforts of the GUAM countries in consolidation of democracy and market economy, Warsaw official stated at the GUAM-Poland meeting, which took place in Warsaw on 21 February, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Poland told Trend .
The Polish side expressed its will to continue cooperation with the Organization for the Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM.
The meeting of the Deputy Foreign Ministers of GUAM countries ( Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova), as well as that of Poland, discussed the prospects for multi-side cooperation in the fields of trade, investment promotion, energy, transport and tourism.
The participants noted the necessity to intensify the role of European Union in GUAM. Poland officials voiced their readiness to render their assistance in implementation of the New European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan signed with Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova.
The GUAM countries and Poland emphasized their adherence for the peaceful settlement of the conflicts existing in the organization's member countries, in accordance with the UN Security Council's resolutions.
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, such formats as GUAM-Poland, GUAM-USA and GUAM-Japan were established.