Georgia, Tbilisi / corr. Trend N.Kirskhalia / The Chairman of the Georgian Parliamentary Committee for European Integration, David Bakradze, considers it significant and important to hold the GUAM summit in Azerbaijan.
The second summit of the International Organization - GUAM ( Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) has been scheduled for 18-19 June in Baku.
In his interview with Trend, Bakaradze said on 8 June that conducting the Baku summit of the Leaders of the GUAM countries testifies to the importance of the country in the organization. " Azerbaijan is an active member of GUAM and this activity is demonstrated by the issue that Baku participates in many projects of regional co-operation," Bakradze said.
According to him, many regional projects are linked with Azerbaijan. "This country is a source of many initiatives and significant milestones of regional security," Bakradze added.
Moreover he stressed that GUAM has many joint interests, which the members can realize. "We need to activate these interests at this stage," he underlined.
As an alternative to the CIS, the four post-Soviet republics of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, established this syndicate in 1999 during the summit of the heads 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 - and specifically 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.