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Establishment of GUAM consultative forum consisting of four states took place on October 10, 1997 in Strasbourg in the course of the Council of Europe Summit, during which a Joint Communiqué of the Presidents of Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova was adopted. In this document the Presidents stressed the necessity of developing quadrilateral cooperation for promoting stability and strengthening security in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Europe</st1:place> on the basis of principles of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, inviolability of the state frontiers, democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
The meeting of the Presidents of GUAM member states and <st1:country-region w:st="on">Uzbekistan</st1:country-region> took place on April 24, 1999 in <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State> within the framework of the summit meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, where <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Uzbekistan</st1:place></st1:country-region> joined the above-mentioned group of states and the name of the group changed to GUUAM. In 2002 <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Uzbekistan</st1:place></st1:country-region> declared about the cessation of its participation in the organization and in 2005 completely ceased. <o:p></o:p>
Structurally, the <st1:place w:st="on">GUAM</st1:place> comprises: <o:p></o:p>
a) Council, <o:p></o:p>
b) Secretariat. <o:p></o:p>
The Council is the supreme body of the Organization. The Council works at the level of heads of State (<st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Summit</st1:place></st1:City>), foreign ministers, national coordinators, and permanent representatives. <o:p></o:p>
Permanent or provisional working and subsidiary bodies may be set up, as well as meetings of representatives of ministries and/or departments concerned may be held upon CouncilÔÇÖs decision. <o:p></o:p>
The Secretariat ensures organizational and technical support for <st1:place w:st="on">GUAM</st1:place> operation and works under the authority of the Secretary-General. <o:p></o:p>
Azerbaijan and OIC
The 33-rd Session of The Islamic Conference Of Foreign Ministers in Baku
The Organization of the Islamic Conference
The humanitarian assistance for Muslim World, provided by the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan during the chairmanship of Azerbaijan in the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM):
- In August 2006, the Government of Azerbaijan conveyed humanitarian aid amounted to USD 100,000 to the Lebanese population suffering from the consequences of the hostilities with Israel.
- Regarding the organizqtion of the OIC Ministerial Conference on the Problem of Refugees in the Muslim World, to be held in Islamabad in November 2007, the Government of Azerbaijan provided USD 50.000 to the General Secretariat in January 2007.
- Following the announcment at the 33rd Session of the ICFM, the Government of Azerbaijan has transfered USD 377.000 to the Islamic Solidarity Fund in April 2007.
- Being guided by the Resolution No. 3/33-C, Item (G), adopted at the 33rd Session of the ICFM, the Government of Azerbaijan has contributed USD 23.000 to the World Health Organization Global Polio Eradication Initiative in April 2007.
- In May 2007, the Government of Azerbaijan has allocated USD 50.000 to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs with a view to rendering necessary humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian population.
Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation goes back to March 1992 when Azerbaijan together with the other 37 countries, joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC) that gathered in itself at the time 16 Alliance members, 15 states of the former USSR and the other countries of the former Warsaw Pact. After the Partnership for Peace was introduced in January 1994 as a major initiative by NATO aimed at enhancing stability and security throughout Euro-Atlantic area, Azerbaijan was in the first wave of the countries that responded to the invitation to join the Program by signing the so-called Framework Agreement on 4 May 1994.
Azerbaijan's firm decision to join PfP was followed by handing over of Presentation Document of the Republic of Azerbaijan to NATO in 1996 where goals and objectives pursued by Azerbaijan in cooperation with NATO and contribution committed by Azerbaijan to NATO-led peacekeeping operations were enshrined comprehensively.
Partnership for Peace has proved to be very successful in developing and promoting mechanisms for defense cooperation and military interoperability between NATO and Azerbaijan. Most notably PfP has developed practical tools allowing NATO and Partner nations to engage in joint crisis management and peacekeeping operations.
Azerbaijan, looking positively on enhanced representation of the partner nations at NATO has established its diplomatic mission to this organization. At present time Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to NATO consisting of diplomatic staff and Military Representative to NATO Military Committee represents Azerbaijan at the NATO Headquarters and plays a key role in fostering partnership between Azerbaijan and NATO. In addition, Liaison Officer of Azerbaijani Armed Forces functions at the Partnership Coordination Cell at the Supreme Headquarters of Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE), Mons.
One of the foreign policy priorities of Azerbaijan is cooperation with the European Union (www.europa.eu.int).
Strategic location of Azerbaijan at the crossroads of Europe and Asia explains strong interest of the European Union member-states in developing political and economic relations with Azerbaijan.
In 1998 the EU nominated its Special Envoy to Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan established its Permanent Mission to the European Communities in the year 2000.
Special Envoy of European Commission to Azerbaijan is Antonius de Vries.
In July 2003 the EU appointed a Special Representative to the South Caucasus whose mandate is to (a) to assist the countries carry out political and economic reforms, notably in the fields of rule of law, democratization, human rights, good governance, development and poverty reduction; (b) in accordance with existing mechanisms, to prevent conflicts in the region, to assist in the resolution of conflicts, and to prepare the return of peace, including through promoting the return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs); (c) to engage constructively with key national actors neighboring the region; (d) to encourage and to support further cooperation between States of the region, in particular between the States of the South Caucasus, including on economic, energy and transport issues; (e) to enhance EU effectiveness and visibility in the region.
Since 1991 Azerbaijan has received ECU 333 mln. worth of EU humanitarian, technical, food and emergency assistance.
On June 22, 1999 Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (signed on April 22, 1996 in Luxemburg) between the EU member-states and Azerbaijan entered into force, thus signifying a higher level of cooperation between our countries.
The objectives of the Agreement are as follows:
envisaged by the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA),
Cooperation Council (meets annually) determines major guidelines of
cooperation and Cooperation Committee (meets annually) assists the
Council in its activities by giving recommendations. Subcommittee on
Trade and Economic Issues works under the authority of the Cooperation
Committee and discusses trade, investment and other issues related to
economic cooperation under the PCA.
Azerbaijan considers the OSCE to be a unique pan-European security organization and with this in mind pays special importance to expanding its activities within the Organization in all fields. We share the idea of increasing the Organization's role as a forum not only for dialogue, but for action as well, strengthening its operational and functional capacity, especially in the field of early warning, conflict prevention, crises management and post-conflict rehabilitation.
We will be able to achieve all of these aims when and if paying appropriate attention to the issue of upholding and implementing of the existing principles and decisions of the OSCE, and commitments of the participating States. Lack of necessary, immediate and well founded reaction from the participating States to the constant violations of the OSCE principles as well as to non-implementation of its decisions seriously undermines the efficacy of the Organization and its prestige, in the eyes of the participating States.
The Republic of Azerbaijan considers this issue to be a priority in the OSCE agenda. It would be impossible to ensure a comprehensive security for Europe while sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of the OSCE Member States continue to be undermined, principles making up the Helsinki Decalogue continue to be fragrantly violated thus leading to the sufferings of millions of innocent people and threats for security of participating States.
24 January, 1992 - The Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan appealed to the Council of Europe to obtain the special guest status.
between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the United Nations was
established soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union and after
Azerbaijan restored its independence.
is a member of 32 International and regional organizations: UN (March
1992), Council of Europe (March 2001), CSCE (January 1992), CIS
(September 1993), Organization of Islamic Conference (1992), Council of
Europe (status of special observer, June 1996), European Union
(Agreement on partnership and cooperation, 1996), OEC (Organization of
Economic Cooperation, 1992), Organization of Black Sea Economic
Cooperation (1992), European Bank of Reconstruction and Development
(1992), World Bank (1992), UNESCO, UNICEF, World Health Organization,
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRCRC),
Interpol, the International Olympic Committee, etc.