Representatives of OSCE Participating States Meet Informally in the High Tatras

Representatives of OSCE Participating States Meet Informally in the High Tatras

9.7.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

Multilateralism, conflict prevention, the use of accessible instruments for conflict resolution and the need for dialogue – these were, according to Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, the main themes of the informal meeting of the representatives of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which ended today (July 9) in Štrbské Pleso. „This informal meeting in these majestic surroundings of the Tatra mountains has helped key players discuss even the most pressing issues of today,” stated minister Lajčák at the beginning of the meeting, which was attended by more than 20 ministers of foreign affairs and almost a dozen state secretaries from the OSCE participating states. Miroslav Lajčák, the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, emphasized the need for a real dialogue. “The reason why we gathered here today is so that we could talk and contemplate,” emphasized Miroslav Lajčák, noting that the calming atmosphere of the Tatras helped facilitate the needed dialogue. As he added, the meeting, which in addition to the ministers was attended by 300 delegates from all over the OSCE region, focused both on the experience from the past and on the future potential of the OSCE in the area of conflict prevention. “In this area, the OSCE possesses the strongest instruments,” he stressed. As he said in the following, “The OSCE is so needed as an organisation that if it didn’t exist, we would create it again.” Several participants of the discussion confirmed his message.


The participants also discussed the role of the OSCE in the changing multicultural environment. „Today, when international schemes and rules are subject to doubt, the role of multilateralism has become more important than ever before,” underlined Miroslav Lajčák.


The chief Slovak diplomat also used this informal meeting for the series of bilateral talks. He and his Russian partner, Sergei Lavrov, evaluated the discussion at the informal meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of the participating states. “We also discussed the agenda of the Slovak chairmanship in the OSCE, its priorities which focus mainly on conflict resolution in the territory of some participating states of this organisation, including the situation in the East of Ukraine. At the meeting with Philip T. Reeker, Acting Assistant Secretary of the US State Department, Miroslav Lajčák touched upon the situation in Ukraine and the area of cooperation between the EU and the USA. The bilateral meeting was a follow-up to their most recent meeting which took place on June 7, in Bratislava, as part of the GLOBSEC conference. Topics such as cooperation within the OSCE platform, the migration crisis and current developments in the region were the key themes of the meeting of Miroslav Lajčák with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Sedat Önal. Minister Lajčák acknowledged the contribution of Turkey, as an important participating OSCE country, to the political debate about how to improve the functioning of the OSCE.


During his talks with his Finish counterpart Pekka Haavisto, the main themes included the Finish presidency in the Council of the EU, and bilateral Slovak-Finnish relations with the emphasis on the development of specific forms of cooperation in the area of innovations, research and strategic planning.


The progress made by Montenegro in the EU integration process – this was the topic of the meeting of foreign affairs minister Miroslav Lajčák and Srdjan Darmanovič, his counterpart from Montenegro. „Slovakia will continue to support the integration efforts of Montenegro which, via its implemented reforms, has been more and more bringing its standards into line with those of the European Union,” concluded Miroslav Lajčák.


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