Miroslav Lajčák Addresses NATO Foreign Ministers at Meeting in Brussels

Miroslav Lajčák Addresses NATO Foreign Ministers at Meeting in Brussels

20.11.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a NATO

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, participated in a meeting of the NATO Foreign Ministers today (20 November 2019). In his presentation he pointed out the priorities aligned with the Slovak foreign and security policy that should resonate at the London meeting of the NATO heads of states and governments at the beginning of December. “NATO’s indispensable position in the system of transatlantic security and defence and security of the Slovak Republic is clearly reflected in our responsibility as allies, including our contribution to the collective defence, operations and missions and in the context of NATO’s Partnership Policy,” accentuated the chief Slovak diplomat in the given context. 

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs adopted a decision to recognise space as yet another operational domain of the Alliance, strictly in defence and deterrence, meaning that NATO will, with growing activities of diverse actors in the space, provide for the reliability of communication systems, early warning and navigation. By approving factual reports on task completion, e.g. in strengthening cooperation in anti-terrorist activities, hybrid threats, cooperation in the Black Sea region, cyber-security together with decisions on strengthening cooperation with the UN or adopting principles in so called humanitarian security, it consolidated the material part of the upcoming meeting of the NATO leaders in London. They agreed that the symbolism of the NATO anniversaries – the founding of NATO and the accession of younger members – is underlined by the vitality of the Trans-Atlantic alliance, the growing quality and quantity of cooperation between North America and Europe and the growing resilience and defence capacities of the organization. “Attempts to disrupt the security architecture built on respect of achieved rules challenge the value based community represented by NATO. “The Alliance reliably adopts to the changing security environment and future challenges within the framework of the imperative open and honest discussion that is indispensable for reaching consensus. This is NATO’s strength, not weakness, as our opponents like to distort,” Lajčák added. The Ministers also agreed that the main message from the meeting of the NATO leaders in London must contain the reassurance that NATO is best prepared to fulfil its basic tasks to the benefit of all its allies in the ever more connected security environment as well as in the context of the new challenges that the Alliance faces. Discussion on the strategic position of the Alliance in the Euro-Atlantic environment must be continuous and fully transparent towards all the allies. 

At a satellite meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers, Lajčák met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrova. “Slovakia will continue to support the earliest possible opening of accession negotiations of North Macedonia with the European Union. I consider the proposed revised EU enlargement policy to be a parallel process,” Slovakia’s chief diplomat noted on the recent decision of the European Council. He also informed Dimitrova about the activities of the Slovak chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Both ministers agreed that bilateral relations between Slovakia and North Macedonia are at very good level, with no pending questions. Simultaneously they acknowledged the success of the project of the National Convent on European Integration that went into its second stage in summer 2019. The partners discussed developments in the situation in the Western Balkans region but also specifically in North Macedonia. In relation to the planned early parliamentary elections in North Macedonia, Lajčák also stated that Slovakia has a continuous interest in North Macedonia being internally stable, capable of performing reforms and dealing with challenges faced by the country and by the countries in the Western Balkans.