On 19 January 1993, the Slovak Republic, as one of the successor states of the former Czechoslovakia, was admitted as a United Nations (UN) member country. The 25th anniversary of this event is an opportunity to commemorate the history of our membership and point to the fact that even small countries like Slovakia can actively contribute to solving a huge range of challenges faced by the international community.
Spirit of inclusiveness, transparency and co-operation to guide Slovakia’s Chairmanship of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation, says State Secretary Parízek
VIENNA, 17 January 2018 - A spirit of inclusiveness, transparency and co-operation will guide the work of Slovakia’s Chairmanship of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation, said State Secretary of the country’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Lukáš Parízek at the Forum in Vienna today. Addressing the representatives of participating States, Mr. Parízek, who also acts as a Special representative for the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship stressed that the OSCE is built on the understanding that in our current globalized and interconnected world, the challenges we face cannot be addressed individually, but rather through sincere co-operation and dialogue.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, received the new Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Karin Kneissl, in the diplomacy premises today (9 January 2018). This was her very first trip abroad in her office as a minister following the appointment of the new Austrian government. During their discussion the counterparts appreciated the quality of neighbourly relations between the countries and especially highlighted the standard of mutual economic collaboration. “I am very pleased that Minister Kneissl picked Bratislava as the goal for her first visit. I perceive this as reiteration of the fact that our countries are interconnected not just through geographical proximity but also an array of shared priorities. Austria ranks among our leading economic partners and following the Netherlands is the second major investor in SR,” emphasized Korčok.
From 1 January 2018 the Slovak Republic is becoming part of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chairmanship Troika together with Italy as the incoming chair and Austria, the outgoing country chairing the largest regional security grouping in the world. Within the Troika, Slovakia will participate in the OSCE Chairmanship with a consultative role in adopting the most important decisions made by the organization, which Slovakia will eventually chair in 2019.
In response to the information published by certain media on Slovakia supposedly “considering the relocation” of the Slovak embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic underscores that the position of the Slovak Republic has been repeatedly and unequivocally made clear: we consider the two-state model the only sustainable solution to the situation on the ground, addressing the concerns of both parties – safety on the side of Israel and statehood and sovereignty on the side of the Palestinians.