On July 1, 2008 in Batumi, Georgia, in the framework of the third Summit of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM, the Council of the Heads of State held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Lech Aleksander Kaczynski, the President of the Republic of Poland.

The sides highly assessed the level and scope of cooperation achieved and they agreed to deepen and expand it further. The sides noted with appreciation the consistent and sustainable character of GUAM-Poland dialogue.

The Participants, having considered the prospects of the GUAM-Poland cooperation, reiterated the interest to facilitate cooperation in the spheres of energy, transport, tourism, training of diplomatic personnel, as well as in other spheres of mutual interest. Poland was invited to contribute to the development of GUAM transportation corridor, as well as to the smooth functioning of the GUAM Free Trade Zone.

Poland reiterated its intention to consolidate the EU member states’ support to GUAM, as well as its programs and projects of cooperation. The sides discussed the new Polish-Swedish joint initiative “Eastern Partnership” and decided to continue dialogue on the issue.

Both sides expressed their conviction that the earliest resolution of the protracted conflicts in the GUAM area based on the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova and the inviolability of their internationally recognized borders, as well as other basic principles of international law, will considerably strengthen international peace, security and stability and pave the way for lasting and full-scale regional cooperation.

Poland reiterated its interest to promote cooperation with GUAM, which has become an important component of the European security architecture. GUAM welcomed this intention. The sides agreed to maintain consistent dialogue to ensure the implementation of common priorities of cooperation outlined in this Communiqué.

The sides decided to agree on the date and venue of the next GUAM-Poland meeting through diplomatic channels.