GUAM National Coordinators to Meet in Baku to Prepare Meeting of Foreign Ministers
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend S.Agayeva / The seventh meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the 'Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM' has been scheduled to take place on 20-21 September in Baku. The agenda of the meeting includes preparing for the fourth meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of GUAM countries, which will take place within the sixty-second session of the UN General Assembly, Azerbaijan's permanent representative to GUAM, Sabuhi Temirov, said on 10 August by telephone from Kiev. The date of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers has not yet been confirmed. On-going conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security, and development, and specifically the situation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, are expected to be discussed at the upcoming UN General Assembly, the Assembly reported.
The Secretary General of GUAM, Valerie Chachashvili, informed Trend earlier that the issue of presenting the project of resolution on protracted conflicts in the GUAM area to the consideration of the UN General Assembly may be considered at the beginning of September. The next meeting of the national coordinators of the 'Organization for Democracy and Economic Development' has been scheduled for this date. Azerbaijan will be represented at the meeting by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Araz Azimov.
On the eve of the meeting of the national coordinators, the experts of the GUAM Foreign Ministries ( Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova) will come together in Baku on 18-19 September. Discussions are planned to take place over the aforementioned issues, the diplomat said.
GUAM was formed by post-Soviet countries in 1997. In 2006, at the first summit of the organization in Kiev, the decision to announce GUAM as an international organization with a new name of 'Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM' was made. The second summit of GUAM was held in Baku on 18-19 June 2007.