Coordinating Council of GUAM Youth Organizations to be Set up

Politics Materials 17 April 2008 20:00 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 17 April / corr. Trend J. Babayeva/ The youth organizations of GUAM have decided to establish a Coordinating Council in the fifth Kiev Assembly of World Democratic Movement held this week, Ramin Hajili, the chairman of youth organization of Democratic Reform Party said to Trend on 17 April.

The Coordinating Council (CC) was initiated by the representatives of Azerbaijani Democratic Reform Party. According to Hajili, CC aims at coordinating the activities of youth organizations of GUAM, developing joint projects and to carry them out with the financial support of international organizations, monitoring the activities of youth organizations and carrying out the joint events.

According to Hajili, talks are being held with the youth organizations from Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova.

"Only independent youth organizations will be represented in the CC, as it will function as a public organization," he said.

According to Hajili, the Coordinating Council is expected to be officially formed in the summer in one of the GUAM countries.

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.