On 24 September 2010, in New York, within the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the 12th meeting of the GUAM Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (CMFA) was held under the presidency of Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. K.Gryschenko with the participation of Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. G.Vashadze, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations Mr. A.Cujba, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations Mr. T.Musayev, and Secretary General of GUAM Mr. V.Chechelashvili.
CMFA discussed the issues of interaction among the GUAM member states, approved the GUAM Action Plan of Ukraine’s presidency till the end of 2010, and commissioned to present to its next meeting the Plans of interaction among the diplomatic missions of the GUAM member states to the UN, OSCE, and other international organizations.
CMFA exchanged views on the issues of parliamentary cooperation.
CMFA considered the issues of GUAM sector cooperation and called for the necessity of intensification of its economic and humanitarian components.
CMFA recommended the countries-coordinators of the Branch Working Groups on Economy and Trade, on Transport, on Energy, on Information Technologies, and the Steering Committee of the GUAM Project on Trade and Transportation Facilitation to intensify their work towards deepening the GUAM Free Trade Zone and developing necessary legal basis, including that one in spheres of free movement of capital, services, and labour. CMFA called upon the sector cooperation bodies to initiate practically oriented projects of economic cooperation, including those in the “GUAM+” format, with a broad engagement of business circles and in this light recommended to capitalize on positive GUAM experience in development of tourism cooperation. CMFA considered as highly important the soonest recover of the activity of the Business Council as a full-fledged chain of the GUAM organizational structure.
CMFA estimated positively the activity of the sector cooperation bodies in spheres of law enforcement, prevention of the emergencies, and border control. CMFA commissioned the GUAM National Coordinators to bring under their control the fulfillment of the Plan of Measures on the equipment of the GUAM IIMS with the means of encryption, approved the Decision on the adoption of the proposals of the GUAM member states’ border control authorities to an Eastern partnership Flagship initiative “Integrated Border Management” project on securing border control at the GUAM Transport Corridor as well as approved the recommendation to transmit to Japanese side for its consideration the appropriate proposals of the GUAM Working Group on Emergencies.
CMFA supported the efforts of touring administrations on the implementation of the Baku Declaration of the Heads of the GUAM member states’ tourist agencies and the relevant Action Plan from 25 June 2010 regarding the promotion of the GUAM Joint Tourist Product on the Japanese market as well as the recommendations on further development of cooperation in spheres of culture, science and education, and health care.
CMFA gave the appropriate instructions to upgrade the level of coordination of sector cooperation and recommended national agencies, involved in GUAM sector cooperation to introduce into their activity an interactive dialogue with the use of technical means and Internet resources of the GUAM Secretariat.
CMFA exchanged views on GUAM cooperation with partner-countries and other international organizations, including the UNODC, OSCE, CoE, IRU and USTC, considered draft documents for the next GUAM-USA meeting, which took place the same day in New York, gave instructions to continue the appropriate work with the USA, Japan, Visegrad Group, and the interested Baltic and Scandinavian countries. CMFA commissioned also to hold working consultations with the appropriate units of the European Commission and the EU members states to determine possibilities for GUAM practical participation in the implementation of Eastern partnership Flagship initiatives “Integrated Border Management” and “Prevention of, preparedness for, and response to natural and man-made disasters”.
CMFA considered legal, organizational, and budgetary issues and approved the appropriate Decisions.