State Secretary Peter Burian at the open Debate of the United Nations Security Council on Security Sector Reform, 28. 4. 2014
State Secretary Peter Burian at the open Debate of the United Nations Security Council on Security Sector Reform, 28. 4. 2014On 28th of April 2014 was held with the participation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki -moon, during which State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Peter Burian delivered the speech. The importance of the agenda was also underlined by the participation of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Igor Lukšić, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria Amina Wali, as the Presidency in the UN Security Council in April and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway H. Braatskar.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the first UNSCR on SSR submitted by the Nigerian Presidency.
The State Secretary P. Burian recalled in his speech milestones of the success story of the SSR agenda in the United Nations that was launched by the UN Security Council Presidential Statement of the Slovak Republic in 2007. He stressed the importance of partnerships for implementation of the UNSG Second Report as well as the UN Group of Friends of SSR in developing a discussion about its nature and content. He outlines the main directions for future United Nations´ activities in SSR agenda: strengthening the UN capacities in SSR, improving its coordination and increasing the practical evaluation of the progress in the field.
Other participants stressed the need for nationally-led and inclusive SSR process, based on true partnerships in implementing projects and regional engagement that can progressively deal with the roots of instability and fragility and create an environment of peace, security and sustainable growth. Many countries, including SG appreciated the role of the Slovak republic as the co-chair of the Group of Friends and highlighted a long-term engagement in this agenda.
The DPM of Montenegro I. Lukšić and Deputy Minister H. Braatskar in their speeches stressed the continuation the importance of the agenda.
The UN SC Member States and Member States also highlighted the need for a comprehensive and holistic approach to SSR, as key elements in the process of peacemaking, peacekeeping, conflict preventions and peace building as a key factor for any successful stabilization and reconstruction of countries and as a crucial element for achieving the rule of law as the final state of the transition process.
In the framework of the working visit to New York State Secretary Peter Burian met with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who welcomed the participation of State Secretary in open debate of UN Security Council on SSR. Assistant UN Secretary General on the rule of law and security institutions D. Titov and Assistant Administrator of United Nations Development Programme highlighted Slovakia's involvement in supporting SSR agenda in the United Nations. State Secretary P. Burian also held informal discussions with other members of the UN Security Council, during which the discussed current foreign policy issues.