On September 25, 2009 in New York, the 10th meeting of the GUAM Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (CMFA) took place in the framework of the general debates on the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The CMFA welcomed the adoption of the Resolution of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly on “Status of internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Osetia, Georgia”; exchanged views on the Presiding Party’s work on the advancement of the GUAM initiated draft resolution “Protracted conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security and development” within the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly; marked the importance of the inclusion of the appropriate item into the agenda of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly, the intensification of the GUAM Member States’ information activity and the enhancement of their efforts for the advancement of the draft resolution.
In this regard, the CMFA commissioned the Council of National Coordinators (CNC) to continue the work on organizing consultations with the GUAM partner-countries at the level of the GUAM national coordinators.
The CMFA discussed the issues of GUAM’s cooperation with other countries and international organizations.
The CMFA expressed satisfaction with the level achieved in GUAM’s interaction with the USA and Japan and agreed to facilitate elaboration of concrete projects in the format of GUAM cooperation with Poland and Czech Republic.
The CMFA supported the initiative of the Chairmanship to complement parliamentary cooperation between GUAM and the Baltic countries with the appropriate relations at the level of the executive authorities and commissioned to continue the work on organizing a GUAM – Baltic countries meeting at the CNC level.
The CMFA was furnished by Presidency’s information on the fulfillment of the GUAM Council’s decisions on the improvement of the activity of the working organs of GUAM and commissioned the CNC to continue the appropriate work.
The CMFA welcomed the initiative of the Republic of Azerbaijan on taking Coordinating Country’s obligations in the GUAM Working Group on Information Technologies for 2009-2010 and approved respective Decision.
The CMFA took also the Decisions on the approval of the Framework GUAM-USA Program’s Sub-Project: “Improvement of Methodology and Technology of Border Control on the GUAM Transport Corridor in Accordance with International Standards and Practices: Checking Vehicles”; on the prolongation of the term of Georgia’s Presidency in the Organization till the end of 2009; and on the approval of the GUAM Budget for 2010.
The CMFA decided to conduct its next meeting within the margins of the OSCE Ministerial in Athens in December 2009.