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Lajčák in New York: Extending and intensifying international cooperation called for to address migration

Lajčák in New York: Extending and intensifying international cooperation called for to address migration

20.9.2016 | Aktivity ministra

New York (19 September) – In order to cope with migration, extending and intensifying international cooperation is called for – on as broad an international scale as possible. This was said by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák in his address at an event on migrants and refugee issues given at the UN in New York.


Minister Lajčák, together Slovak President Andrej Kiska, attended the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, which was followed by an address at an accompanying event within a round table on international assistance and cooperation to overcome the impacts of the migration and refugee flows.  


“The migration crisis is one of the biggest challenges for the international community. This is not a short-term season, nor regional issue – it represents a complex matter for several generations that demands world-wide attention,” highlighted Minister Lajčák in his speech on behalf of the Slovak Republic. 


Due to the extent of this challenge, it is necessary to extend and intensify global cooperation, as he pointed out. “No organization, no state nor region can solve the migration crisis single-handedly. We need a really global answer to this global phenomenon,” stated Minister Lajčák.


He also added that the European success in this area will also depend on its ability to cooperate with partners beyond its borders through humanitarian assistance, development of investments, and extending legal channels for migration. “This is one of the ways how the EU can directly solve some causes of migration in concrete countries,” said Minister Lajčák.


In this regard he mentioned a concrete contribution by the Slovak Republic to the global solution of the migration crisis in the form of an unprecedented $13 million for tackling the causes of migration and alleviating its impacts. This sum funded significant contributions for the work of the UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), IOM (International Organization for Migration) and the UN World Food Programme. 


On Monday in New York, Minister Lajčák signed on behalf of Slovakia, as the country presiding in the Council of the European Union, the agreement between the EU and Micronesia on waiving the visa obligation for short-term stays of the citizens of both parties to the agreement.  On behalf of Micronesia, the agreement was signed by its Foreign Affairs Minister Lorin Robert, and this official ceremony at the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the UN was also attended by the EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.


Minister Lajčák also accompanied Slovak President Kiska at the meeting, where they were received by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Together with the President, they also met with the former US Secretary of State Madelaine Albright. Minister Lajčák then held a series of bilateral talks with French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Indonesia’s Retno Marsudi, Kenya’s Amina Mohamed, Australia’s Julie Bishop and Argentina’s Susana Malcorra. The foreign ministers’ talks revolved around bilateral and regional cooperation and the relations of these countries with the EU, as well as the current UN agenda.