GUAM urges to solve conflicts based on states’ territorial integrity (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted on 14:29)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 27
Conflicts in the GUAM area should be solved based on sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states, says the final statement of heads of government of GUAM member states.
The statement was adopted on Mar. 27 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
“Expressing deep concern over the conflicts, continuing in the territories of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, undermining sovereignty and territorial integrity and impeding the sustainable development of GUAM member states, we reaffirm our commitment for their speedy settlement on the basis of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of states,” says the statement.
Government heads of GUAM member states reaffirmed their commitment to the decisions, resolutions and documents adopted at the GUAM summits, as well as the norms and principles of international law enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act.
The Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, hosted the summit of heads of government of GUAM member countries on Mar. 27.
The GUAM format was created by post-Soviet states in 1997 during the summit of heads of the EU states in Strasbourg. In 1999, Uzbekistan joined the format and four years later withdrew.
In 2006, Ukraine and Azerbaijan announced plans to further increase the GUAM member relations and established its headquarters in Kyiv.
Currently, GUAM cooperates with Washington and Tokyo within GUAM+US and GUAM+Japan formats.