GUAM Secretary General Defines Priorities for Georgian Chairmanship in Organization
Georgia, Tbilisi, 1 July / Trend corr. N.Kirtskhalia / The priority of the Georgian chairmanship in the GUAM is to establish close interactions with international organizations, first of all with the UN and OSCE, Valeriy Chechelashvili, GUAM Secretary General, told Trend on 1 July. "These are very relevant tasks to be settled soon," Chechelashvili said.
Azerbaijan will officially transmit the chairmanship position to Georgia today. Each GUAM member-country chairs the organization within year.
"Another priority is to work to regulate the so-called frozen conflicts in the territories of GUAM member-countries and to provide international support in this issue," Chechelashvili said.
Chechelashvili called relevant the cooperation amongst GUAM countries in the spheres of transport and transit. "We should succeed in more economic development of GUAM counyries using resources available in the Caspian and Black Seas regions," 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.