First Consultations between Council of Europe and GUAM to be Held in Strasburg
Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 March / Trend corr. E.Huseyinov / Consultation between the Council of Europe and GUAM ( Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) will be held in Strasburg on19 March, Ambassador Arif Mammadov, the representative of Azerbaijan in Council of Europe, said to Trend on 18 March.
"This will be the first consultation and I believe it will be a success," Mammadov 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.
The consultations will be held between the CE Ministers Committee Group on Foreign Relations and GUAM countries. GUAM Secretary General Valeri Chechelashvili and representatives of GUAM member-countries will come to Strasburg. Tofik Musayev, the chief of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry International Law and Treaties Department will head the Azerbaijani mission.
Three or four meetings are planned between CE and GUAM. The support to GUAM is increasing daily by CE and especially by Poland, Romania and Baltic countries.