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Lajčák: Slovakia Continues to Offer a Helping Hand in the Dialogue between the Cypriot Parties

Lajčák: Slovakia Continues to Offer a Helping Hand in the Dialogue between the Cypriot Parties

11.6.2019 | Aktivity ministra |

The celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the bi-communal dialogue in Cyprus wrapped up the second day of the visit of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák in Cyprus. The analysis of the current situation with regard to the Cypriot issue and the possibilities for overcoming the obstacles hindering progress towards restoring the peace talks were the subject of the morning session of the international conference entitled “30 years of the dialogue between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties in service of peace in Cyprus.” Minister Lajčák gave an address at the beginning of the conference, in which he stated his assessment that “the current status quo is unsustainable”. However, as he added, this does not mean that the only alternative to the current state is to permanently divide the island. “The international community cannot allow that the solution be sought outside the framework set up by the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the proposals of the UN Secretary-General. There is no alternative to a  unified, independent and sovereign Cyprus,” stated Lajčák.

 

The first idea of realizing the meeting of the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot community towards the resolution of the situation in Cyprus originated in 1989 when the first meeting took place.  The ambition of Slovak diplomacy has always been to actively contribute to the dialogue and to clarify the positions, which earned Slovak diplomacy the reputation of an honest and responsible mediator.   The meetings under the auspices of Slovak diplomacy are organized and take place in the Ledra Palace hotel that is located in the buffer zone under the control of the UNFICYP peacekeeping mission.

 

After the talks, Minister Lajčák traveled to Famagusta, to the military camp of General Milan Rastislav Štefánik, where there is a contingent of Slovak soldiers who form a part of the UN peacekeeping mission (Sector 4 in the UNFICYP).  The Minister highly appreciated the responsible approach and the role that the Slovak peacekeepers play in the still-divided island. Having met the soldiers, he also laid wreaths at the two memorials of Slovak soldiers who died during their UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus. 

 

“Slovak diplomacy still offers its helping hand as an impartial mediator in the dialogue between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot political parties.  At the same time we will support the presence of the Slovak contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and in compliance with the mandate of the UN Security Council." 

 

Lajčák finished his visit to Cyprus with an informal meeting with active organizations of Slovaks and friends of the Slovak Republic to Cyprus, representatives of the Friendship Association Cyprus-Slovakia and representatives of the Slovak auxiliary school in the Republic of Cyprus Flamingos.