Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 April / corr. Trend S. Agayeva/ Moldova is not going to leave GUAM.
"However, Moldova is concerned with the fact that the agreements reaching GUAM are carried out very slowly and the President of Moldova Vladimir Voronin recently commented on this," Ion Stevilla, the deputy re-integration minister of Moldova said to Trend on 15 April.
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 President of Moldova Vladimir Voronin said earlier that it is not expedient for the country to participate in GUAM. According to President, it will also have an impact on the Russia's position on the settlement of the Trans-Dniester conflict.
According to Stevilla, the President of Moldova did not spoke of his country's quitting GUAM, but made his remarks on the realization of agreements within the organization.
"It is common spirit among all GUAM member states. We want all economic projects within GUAM to be carried out soon," Stevilla said.
He also denied information that the position of Moldova is due to the fears that Russia can recognize the independence of the Trans-Dniester region.
" Russia is interested in solving the Trans-Dniester conflict, but we hope that it will be solved within mutual understanding and confidence," Stevilla said.
Valeriy Chechelashvili, the GUAM Secretary-General said to Trend on 15 April that the information on Moldova's quitting GUAM is an exaggeration.
" Moldova has not sent an official appeal to GUAM on the country's withdrawal from the organization," Chechelashvili said.