On December 4, 2008 the 15th Meeting of the GUAM Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs – the United States of America was held in Helsinki, Finland, within the framework of the OSCE 16th Ministerial Council Meeting.

The sides reiterated the consistent and sustainable character of the GUAM – United States political dialogue. They assessed their cooperation following the GUAM – United States meeting in Batumi on July 1, 2008 within the framework of the Third GUAM Summit and in New York on 23 September 2008 within the framework of the 63rd Session of the UN GA.

The GUAM representatives presented for consideration of the US side the proposals agreed by the GUAM Member-States’ law-enforcement authorities in the fields of combat against trafficking of human beings and illegal migration, illicit drug trafficking, and modernization of national segments of the GUAM Interstate Information Management System, as well as the Project agreed between the GUAM Member-States’ Border Guard Authorities on “International Technical Assistance in accordance with International Standards to provide Security of GUAM Transport Corridor”.

GUAM appreciated the technical assistance of the US side provided to GUAM, including its Secretariat and Member-States’ respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

The sides agreed to have the next GUAM – United States meeting in the beginning of July 2009 within the framework of the next GUAM Summit.