Jakarta (29th March) - Slovakia has again proven its informal leading role in the reform of the security sector. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák and his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa have jointly opened an international workshop on United Nations role in multidimensional peacekeeping operations and post-conflict peace-building in the South East Asia. The event organized on Monday in Jakarta is a joint Slovak-Indonesian project that has been prepared on a long-term basis as a direct follow-up to the close co-operation between both countries during their joint non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in 2006 and 2007.
As for Slovakia, the workshop has been the third such expert event carried out together with partner countries in key global regions. The aim is to enhance regional approaches to the issues of peacekeeping operations and peace building, including Security Sector Reform as essential contributions to defining and specifying UN policies. It is also meant as a contribution to building confidence and understanding in the regions and within the UN, as well as support to the enhancing of the UN co-operation with regional and sub-regional organizations (like ASEAN in this case). Slovakia continues to play an active role in this important field especially in the context of its continuing chairmanship in the informal formation of states entitled "UN Group of Friends of SSR". The two previous workshops were held in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2007 and in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2009.
Minister M.Lajčák also held bilateral talks with his Indonesian colleague M.Natalegawa. They have signed the Agreement on Cooperation in Science, Education, Culture, Sport and Youth and the Agreement Between on Visa Exemption for Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports. They also discussed the ways how to improve the bilateral cooperation in trade and business.