Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend A.Ismaylova / The President of the Ukraine, Victor Yushenka, stated on the 19th of June in Baku at the summit of the "Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM" that GUAM should be the foundation for the stability in the region.
He expressed his deep satisfaction with the interest of the international community in the activities of GUAM and said that the organization actively acquired new friends. Yushenka highlighted the importance of holding negotiations in the format of GUAM-Poland, GUAM-Japan and GUAM-USA.
Making a speech at the summit, the President of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvily, emphasized that over the past several years, GUAM has transformed into an international organization. He stressed that GUAM was able to achieve a number of successes, including the establishment of free trade zones which as a result has increased the trade turnover between the countries. Regarding the settlement of the conflict in South Osetia, the President of Georgia said that this is related to the 2004 agreements to integrate with the Government of Georgia. In addition, he said that an individual response will be made to all provocations. Saakashvily assessed the situation in South Osetia as a vast progress. He stressed that Georgia is the most uncorrupted country in Europe.
Later, the Prime Minister of Moldova, Vasily Tarlev, suggested establishing trade houses in GUAM countries which will increase the amount of the trade turnover. These houses may be established in Baku, Tbilisi, Kiev and Kishniev. In addition, Tarlev proposed to conduct culture and youth festivals within the GUAM countries.
Giving a speech at the summit, the President of Poland, Lekh Kachinsky, highlighted the importance of applying Odessa-Borda-Gdansk project. He stressed that the oil consuming the pipeline exists in the GUAM countries. "It is very important in relation to blackmail. I hope that blackmail will not be a consistency," Kachinsky said speaking of the importance of diversifying energy resources.
Kachinsky highlighted the significance of the existence of GUAM for cultural development. He stressed Poland will be a loyal partner of GUAM in this relation.