On December 5, 2014, in Basel, the 21st meeting of the GUAM Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs with the representatives of the Government of the United States of America took place in the margins of OSCE Ministerial meeting. the four GUAM members are Georgia,Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova. Observers have noted an increased interest by the participating states in the work of the organisation following the start of the crisis in Ukraine
Reaffirming all the previous GUAM-USA Statements, the Sides assessed their cooperation following the last GUAM-USA Ministerial Meeting, held in New York on September 26, 2014, and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest. The Sides expressed interest in the dialogue that has taken place since the GUAM establishment.
The Sides underscored the need for progress toward the peaceful resolution of the conflicts in the GUAM region. The threat or use of force currently affecting the Member States of GUAM remains a serious concern. The Sides reaffirmed their commitment to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the GUAM Member States.
The Sides agreed to continue dialogue on these conflicts in the appropriate forums.
The Sides expressed deep concern over the aggressive actions directed against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and recalled their obligations to respect universally recognized norms and principles of international law, including those enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and their commitments under the fundamental documents of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
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