GUAM Member States will Hold Consultations on Kosovo Problem: General Secretary Chechelashvili
Ukraine, Kiyev. 4 March / corr. Trend Z. Novosvitski/ The member states of GUAM will hold consultations on the Kosovo's declaration of independence and each GUAM member state is formulating its own position on the issue at the moment. Valeriy Chechelashvili, the general secretary of GUAM said to Trend .
"It is not ruled out GUAM as an international organization will formulate its own position on Kosovo if necessary. We have enough time and we will hold many meetings until the summit in Tbilisi and this issue will remain on our agenda in the following meetings and at meeting of the Council of National Coordinators as well," Chechelashvili said.
The General Secretary of GUAM said that the organization have a lot of important issues to focus on and the key priority of GUAM is the cooperation within the organization and the forming of cooperation space in the GUAM region.
"As to the settlement of the conflict, our position is determined by the Kiev declaration of heads of the government and by the joint draft resolution that we presented for the consideration of the UN General Assembly," Chechelashvili 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.