On July 3-4, in Yalta, Ukraine will host the GUUAM-Summit.
GUUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moldova) Group was formally founded as a political, economic and strategic alliance designed to strengthen the independence and sovereignty of these former Soviet Union republics.
On October 10, 1997, the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine met in Strasbourg during the summit of the Council of Europe and stated their mutual interest in developing bilateral and regional cooperation, European and regional security, political and economic contacts.
Member-States pledged to assist each other in implementation of concrete projects in the field of production and transportation of oil and gas, and the establishment of a special partnership and dialogue with NATO on issues of mutual interest. The essential part of cooperation will be the security of the Eurasian corridor where the GUUAM Group and Central Asian Group have great possibilities for interaction.
Member-States vowed to work for peaceful settlement of regional conflicts on the basis of principles of respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the borders of all states.
These countries also pledged to adhere to combating aggressive nationalism, separatism and international terrorism, while continuing their interaction in peacekeeping and other missions with the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as well as NATO (Partnership for Peace Program), the Council of Europe, the Joint Consultative Group of States-Parties to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty), and Western European Union (WEU).
During the five years of cooperation GUUAM group became an important structure, which is looking to enhance regional economic cooperation through development of an Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor. It has also become a forum for discussion on various levels of existing security problems, promoting conflict resolution and the elimination of other risks and threats.
The press-office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine run the accreditation procedure for domestic and foreign journalists for highlighting the summit.
June 25, 2003 Embassy of Ukraine in Canada