Publication: Fortnight in Review Volume: 6 Issue: 23

The five ministers seemed satisfied with GUUAM’s unprecedented progress since the September meeting of the heads of state in New York. They reviewed preparations for the summit which is scheduled to be held in the first quarter of 2001 in Kyiv for institutionalizing GUUAM–that is, developing common bodies in the areas of foreign policy and economic relations on political and economic levels. The Committee of National Coordinators, consisting of medium-level officials, represents the first institutional incarnation of GUUAM. That Committee has held low-key sessions in Kyiv, Tbilisi, Baku and Chisinau. The ministerial meeting in Vienna marked the emergence of a common consultative and policy body at that level. The countries will next set up a Public Consultative Council of GUUAM.

The Kyiv summit should inaugurate the holding of regular meetings of the heads of state at six months’ intervals. That summit will approve some plans for transport routes and a GUUAM Free Trade Zone. Georgia is currently drafting a free-trade zone blueprint, and Ukraine a consular convention. Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Minister Anatoly Zlenko reaffirmed those intentions in a post-conference statement expressing the five countries’ common stand. In contrast to Moscow’s approach to the CIS, no one in GUUAM proposes to create supranational bodies or a military bloc. And in stark contrast to the CIS, there is no potential hegemonic country in GUUAM.

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