On September 12-13, 2012, the GUAM Secretariat in Kyiv, Ukraine hosted the 25th Meeting of the Council of GUAM National Coordinators (CNC) with the participation of Mr. E. Agayev, the Director of the External Planning and Strategic Research Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, who chaired the event. Other participants include Mr. M. Antadze, the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary; Mr. I. Stavila, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova to Ukraine; Mr. I. Nikolayko, Director of Department of Economic Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and Mr. V. Chechelashvili, Secretary General of GUAM.
The CNC considered such issues as political interaction, sectoral cooperation and organisational activities, as well as issues of cooperation within international organisations.
The CNC continued to exchange views on the interaction process between GUAM member states within the framework of item 35 of Agenda of the 66th GA UN Session “Protracted conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security and development” and adopted drafts of the UN Resolutions “Protracted conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security and development” and “Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM”, which was agreed upon by diplomatic Missions of the GUAM member states to the UN in New York city on May 23, 2012.
The CNC supported the intents of the GUAM PA (Parliamentary Assembly) to send observers for the Parliamentary Elections in Georgia (October 1, 2012) and for the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (October 28, 2012), and also welcomed the decision of the Chairman of GUAM PA to initiate its next Meeting in Baku on December 19-20, 2012.
The CNC considered the activities of sectoral Working Groups, in particular, in the fields of transport, tourism, economy and trade, culture, science and education, energy, as well as Working Groups on combating organized crime and money laundering.
The CNC positively noted the participation of representatives of the Secretariat and also member states in international events, including those taking place within the framework of the UN (the UN Security Council Anti-terrorism Committee), the OSCE (the Annual Security Review Conference – ASRC), the Council of Europe (the Committee of Experts on Terrorism – CODEXTER, and also the “Octopus” Conference in the field of combating cybercrime).
The CNC expressed its gratitude to the Chairing Party for organizing the visit of the GUAM Secretary General to the OSCE headquarters in Vienna on May 17, 2012, for his address on the OSCE Permanent Committee, for the meeting with the Secretary General of OSCE and other officials of the OSCE Secretariat, and for preparing the visit of the GUAM Secretary General to Brussels to hold meetings with various EU institutions.
The CNC considered issues and agreed upon drafts of the appropriate documents from the 18th Meeting of the CMFA within the framework of the GA UN (New York, September 2012) and discussed the initiative for holding the extraordinary 19th CMFA Meeting to be timed with the 15th Anniversary of GUAM, which will take place at the GUAM Secretariat in Kyiv on October 10, 2012.
The location and date of the CNC’s next meeting shall be agreed upon and announced through diplomatic channels.