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Date of GUAM Foreign Ministerial Council's next meeting in New York postponed

Politics Materials 15 September 2011 19:54
The next meeting of the GUAM Foreign Ministerial Council within the 66th session of the UN General Assembly has been postponed to a later date because of non-participation of Moldova, who chairs GUAM, at the UN session.
Date of GUAM Foreign Ministerial Council's next meeting in New York postponed

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 15 /Trend, S.Agayeva/

The next meeting of the GUAM Foreign Ministerial Council within the 66th session of the UN General Assembly has been postponed to a later date because of non-participation of Moldova, who chairs GUAM, at the UN session.

Earlier it was expected that GUAM Foreign Ministerial Council meeting will be held within the 66th session of the UN General Assembly.

At least two meetings of the GUAM Foreign Ministerial Council will be held. One of them will be held in Moldova, as the country chairs the organization, and the second - under the OSCE ministerial meeting in Vilnius in early December, GUAM Secretary General Valery Chechelashvili told Trend.

He said, as traditionally, the agenda of the next meeting of the GUAM Foreign Ministerial Council will consist of three blocs. The first bloc deals with political cooperation of the GUAM countries and second - sectoral cooperation, which would address both new and traditional projects.

The GUAM countries' cooperation actively develops in the field of tourism, economy and trade, transport and combating organized crime and, more recently - in the struggle with the consequences of emergencies, Chechelashvili said.

"We also have interesting perspectives in the energy sector. All these issues will be mulled in the sectoral cooperation bloc in accordance with the recommendations that were developed at meetings of the working groups," he said.

The traditional third block deals with the organizational issues, Chechelashvili said.

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 left four years later. 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.

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