Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 10 / Trend S. Agayeva /
The foreign ministers of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Cooperation (GUAM) will meet in Kiev by late January to discuss further cooperation within the organization, the GUAM Secretariat told Trend.
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, a country which chairs in the Organization this year, must submit a specific date for the meeting and coordinate it with member-countries. Afterwards, the work over the agenda will be launched, the secretariat said.
The decision on holding the meeting was made at a meeting of the GUAM Council of Foreign Ministers in Astana on Dec. 2, 2010 within the OSCE Summit.
It is expected to consider urgent issues of cooperation within the organization, including the issues of chairmanship of Ukraine, the protracted conflicts and the main directions of cooperation within international organizations in Kiev.
GUAM was established by Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in 1997 during the EU presidential summit in Strasbourg. In 1999, Uzbekistan joined the organization, and four years later left. A decision was made to announce GUAM as an international organization under the new name, "Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM," at the organization's first summit in Kiev in 2006. The organization's secretariat functions in Kiev.