Ukrainian Ambassador: Ukrainian President to Visit Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend E.Huseynov / Stepan Volkovetskiy, the Ukrainian ambassador to Azerbaijan, announced that the Ukrainian President Victor Yuschenko intends to pay a visit to Azerbaijan to participate in a summit of GUAM, a regional organization among Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova, scheduled for 18-19 June.
As an alternative to CIS the four post-Soviet republics Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, established this format in 1999 during the summit of the head of state of the European Union member-countries in Strasbourg. In 1999 Uzbekistan joined the organization, but left after four years. GUAM was established as an economic alliance of countries - potential participants of energy resource transportation projects. Gradually, the military political component, particularly, the establishment of the peacemaking forces, have been observed in its activities.
According to the ambassador, the CIS unites many countries, they are different and sometimes, their interests are contradictory, like in case with Azerbaijan and Armenia. "Try to come to a common ground," he stressed. GUAM is very different. This is the alliance of four countries with similar problems and similar positions and it is very easy to make any decision and fulfil the tasks," Volkovetskiy stated.
Procedures of the forthcoming summit and all necessary issues have been successfully coordinated at the recent Baku meeting of the GUAM national coordinators. The agenda of the forthcoming summit will be once more discussed at a meeting of GUAM foreign ministers on the eve of the summit.
With respect to the itinerary of the forthcoming summit the diplomat said that it is too premature to disclose the schedule of the top meeting and intentions that will be sounded.