Miroslav Lajčák Takes Part in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Luxembourg

Miroslav Lajčák Takes Part in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Luxembourg

7.7.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

Today (July 7, 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, took part in the annual meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly (PA) of this organisation in Luxembourg. The minister addressed the meeting’s plenary and then, together with the OSCE Secretary-General Thomas Greminger, answered questions from the present members of the PA.  

In his remarks, Miroslav Lajčák presented the results of the first six months of the Slovak chairmanship of the OSCE from the viewpoint of the priorities set – conflict prevention, a secure future and efficient multilateralism – while Slovakia has been laying special emphasis on assistance to people afflicted by conflicts. During the first half year, the Slovak chairmanship paid extraordinary attention to the situation in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. “By our actions, we’ve been trying to help people in the conflict-afflicted areas. We have proposed several simple measures which will ease the everyday suffering of people on the ground. We have provided particular humanitarian assistance which will help clear the areas of landmines,” the Slovakia’s chief diplomat said. He also reminded the members of the OSCE PA that he visited all the countries of Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Central Asia where OSCE missions are present. Their activities always focus on the specific needs of the hosting country. Lajčák also presented possibilities for cooperation between the OSCE and other international organisations, particularly with the UN regarding the sustainable development agenda, which is a main agenda item of the OSCE PA annual meeting.

On the margins of the meeting, Minister Lajčák met with George Tsereteli, President of the OSCE PA. Tsereteli accentuated Miroslav Lajčák’s commitment, which has contributed to better visibility and relevance of the OSCE, and acknowledged a united approach in sensitive issues such as the recent joint statement on the situation in Albania.  

The chief Slovak diplomat had a bilateral meeting with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger. The partners mainly discussed the content of the upcoming informal meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of OSCE participating states and partner countries, which will take place on July 9, 2019 in the High Tatras. Thomas Greminger acknowledged the informal meeting taking place, and its focus on the priorities of the chairmanship, particularly on conflict prevention as it is an area in which the OSCE has had long-term experience and empirical knowledge.