On 17-18 November 2009, the 18th meeting of the GUAM Council of National Coordinators (CNC) took place in the GUAM Secretariat in Kyiv with the purpose to prepare the next regular meeting of the GUAM Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs and its meetings with the partner countries in Athens within the framework of 17th Ministerial meeting of the OSCE on 1-2 December 2009.

CNC underlined the necessity of the intensification of the GUAM Member States’ efforts within the agenda item 14 of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly on “Protracted conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security and development” and elaborated its recommendations for the consideration of the GUAM CMFA.

CNC considered the state of cooperation with the GUAM partner countries, marked the importance of GUAM participation in the workshop on tourism in Tokyo on 15-23 November 2009, and assessed positively the process of the implementation of the second phase of the Framework GUAM-USA Program’s project on modernization of the National Information-Analytical Centers and protection of information in the channels of the GUAM Interstate Information Management System as well as the development of new GUAM project proposals in area of countering terrorism. CNC instructed the working bodies to intensify their activity in elaborating concrete projects of cooperation with the Czech Republic and Poland as well as with the Baltic and Nordic countries.

CNC appraised the results of the Fourth meeting of the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly and its meeting with the Bureau of the Baltic Assembly that took place in Tbilisi on 9-10 November 2009 and recommended the GUAM CMFA to entrust the GUAM Secretariat to provide organizational-technical assistance to the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly.

CNC was reported on the activities of the GUAM sector working groups and recommended the GUAM CMFA to make more active the interaction between the GUAM Secretariat and the line Ministries and agencies of the GUAM Coordinating Countries. CNC endorsed the Report for 2009 and the Action Plan for 2010 of the GUAM Working Group on Combating Terrorism, Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking.

CNC prepared draft decisions of GUAM CMFA and considered other issues.