Participation of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General in the 9th Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM PA), Baku, 14 -15 December 2016
Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, participated in Baku, on 14-15 December 2016, in the 9th Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM PA), hosted by the Parliament (Milli Mejlis) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The meeting was attended by the parliamentary delegations of the GUAM, the representatives of the Baltic Assembly, the Visegrad Group and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkic Speaking Countries (TURKPA).
Mr. Valeh Alasgarov, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan , Mr. Azer Karimli, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Mr. Altay Efendiyev, Secretary General of the GUAM, addressed the gathering at the Opening Ceremony.
Addressing the participants of the General Assembly, Mr. Karimli MP, who chairs the GUAM on behalf of the Azerbaijani side, presented the activities of the Organization and the problems faced by the Member States. Mr. Valeh Alasgarov, the Deputy Speaker of the Milli Mejlis, underlined the important role of the GUAM in ensuring regional security and in strengthening the dialogue among the regional countries. Speaking at the Session, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that the GUAM has become a significant cooperation platform for the Member States. Mr. Altay Efendiyev, the GUAM Secretary General underlined that GUAM is gradually becoming a more attractive organization and he highlighted the main priorities of the organization.
Stressing the importance of the interparliamentary dialogue, the PABSEC Secretary General expressed his gratitude for the invitation to participate in this Session. During his intervention, he informed the participants in the meeting about the PABSEC activities, underlying the decisions of the Forty-Eighth PABSEC General Assembly, which took place in Belgrade, on 29 November – 1 December 2016 and the forthcoming events of the Assembly, which will take place during the PABSEC Turkish Presidency, in 2017.
During the Session, a Joint Statement of the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly and the Baltic Assembly was signed, where it was underlined the positive dynamics of the development between the two Assemblies.
The agenda of the GUAM PA included important subjects such as: European integration of the GUAM, cooperation in the framework of the "Eastern Partnership", the role of inter-parliamentary relations in regional and international security, the development of the energy potential of the GUAM and the activities of the GUAM in energy security, and the development of the cooperation in the humanitarian, scientific and technical fields.