The two-day visit paid by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, to Ukraine continued today (16 January 2019) when the head of Slovak diplomacy visited the city of Severodonetsk in the company of Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Minister. The Slovak Minister met with representatives of the administration of Luhansk Oblast and emphasized that the key condition for a positive development is to reach a long-term ceasefire. “If the military logic and the mutual exchange of fire continue, with targets including schools, hospitals and factories, we will not get anywhere.
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, launched the first of a series of foreign visits to conflict zones in his position as the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with the visit to Ukraine. On the first day he arrived in Kiev where he met with the leadership of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, which is responsible for the biggest OSCE mission, consisting of more than 1,300 members, that is mainly active in the east of the country. “Your mission plays a key role in the efforts to stabilize the situation and your people in the field are irreplaceable as our eyes and ears. Therefore the security of the mission and its access wherever the mandate permits to enter should be guaranteed. I appreciate the contribution of the mission and its monitors for bringing objective information about the situation in the conflict zone. I am also thankful for the mission’s unique contribution to the restoration of the damaged infrastructure and demining, which undoubtedly facilitates the life of local inhabitants,” stated the Minister.
During his working visit to the Republic of Austria, Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, held talks with Karin Kneissl, Austria’s Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, today (14 January 2019). Their talks were dominated by issues concerning bilateral cooperation, the current European agenda including the evaluation of Austria’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, as well as Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship. They discussed bilateral priorities with a focus on cross-border cooperation and joint infrastructure projects. They deemed the mutual neighborhood relations be very good and constructive, which is clearly reflected by the extraordinary intensity of high-level contacts in the recent period. “Austria has been one of our key economic partners and the second biggest investor in Slovakia. Our relations are bilaterally beneficial, and it is necessary to continue with this trend,” emphasized the Slovak Minister.
Today (1 January 2019) Slovakia assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Throughout this year, Slovakia will set the tone of this, the biggest regional security organization in the world, with 57 participating states and 11 partners for cooperation on three continents. As the Chairmanship country, Slovakia will represent the OSCE externally during the upcoming period. The post of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office has been assumed by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, who will also officially present the priorities of Slovakia’s Chairmanship at the OSCE headquarters in Vienna on 10 January 2019.
Miroslav Lajčák Launches a Book on His Term as the President of the 72nd UN General Assembly Session
Today (20 December 2018), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, launched a book People come first: A Reflection on the 72nd UN General Assembly Session („Ľudia na prvom mieste – reflexia 72. zasadnutia Valného zhromaždenia OSN”) in which he sums up his one-year work in this important position. “After seventy-two years of the existence of the United Nations, the General Assembly was led by a Slovak diplomat – an opportunity that our country most likely will not have for another one hundred and fifty years. Therefore, I thought it would be suitable to map out the experience for future generations and share with other people what this work is about,” stated Minister Lajčák. He also emphasized how important multilateralism is in the world order, in which the UN plays a key role. The minister thanked his international team of thirty members with whom he had the pleasure to collaborate in New York. Four Slovaks were part of the team, and women comprised seventy percent. “It was the best team I have ever worked with. I would like to extend my thanks for their excellent work also this way,” said the head of Slovak diplomacy.