Ukraine takes over chairmanship of GUAM, switches meeting language to English
The chairmanship of the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development has been transferred to Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin wrote on his Twitter page on Friday.
"I have been studying the principles of the chairmanship of the GUAM,” Klimkin wrote.
“It is necessary to fill it with new content. Firstly, I proposed to conduct the meeting in English, not in Russian. Everybody supported my offer."
"A GUAM Secretary General immediately showed that he had not even installed the Cyrillic script on his computer. Therefore, as they say, everything is on the same page," Klimkin said, according to the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported on Twitter that the GUAM meeting is being held in Basel, in Switzerland.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development was established on October 10, 1997 by four post-Soviet states: Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova. Uzbekistan was also a member of GUAM from 1999 to 2005.