Replacement of leadership in Ukraine not to affect country's attitude towards GUAM
Azerbaijan, Baku, January 27 / Trend , S.Agayeva /
Replacement of leadership in
Ukraine will not affect country's attitude towards GUAM, said the Secretary General of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM, Valeri Chechelashvili.
"The basic activities of GUAM are our common platform, which is based on the commonality of our foreign policy priorities, notably the main vectors of foreign policy of each of our states, which is approaching the European Union," Chechelashvili told Trend by telephone from Kiev on Jan. 27.
According to the Secretary General, all political forces in Ukraine and, of course, the two presidential candidates, who in the second round will compete for the post of head of the country, has repeatedly supported the main vector of Ukraine's policy and the priority of the country's approaching the EU.
"So I see no reason to believe that Ukraine's policy with regards to GUAM will change, but vice-versa, I think that during Ukraine's chairmanship to the organization, this cooperation will further strengthen," said Chechelashvili.
The second round of presidential elections will take place in Ukraine on February 7 where Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Yanukovych will run for elections.
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 this format, but after 4 years, quitted. In 2006, the first summit of this format in Kiev decided to declare GUAM an international organization with a new name: "Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM".