OSCE Chair Lajčák welcomes new recommitment to ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and plans for urgently needed repairs to Stanystia Luhanska bridge; urges sides to honour and implement them
BRATISLAVA, 18 July 2019 - OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák welcomed the new recommitment to an unlimited ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, starting from 21 July at 00 hrs. 01 min. (Kyiv time), as agreed at the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group held in Minsk on 17 July.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák held talks in New York today (17 July 2019) with María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the current President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, as well as Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the President-elect of the upcoming 74th session and two other former Presidents – Joseph Deiss and Peter Thomson (of the 65th and 71st sessions respectively).
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attended the regular session of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the European Union in Brussels today (15 July 2019). The ministers launched their agenda today with a discussion on Iran, including the current situation concerning the Iranian nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPoA) and the question of Teheran’s meeting its respective commitments. They also analyzed the tensions in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. “We are interested in preserving the JCPOA and call upon Iran to adhere to its provisions since it is an important element in regional and global security,” emphasized Minister Lajčák; he also expressed the hope that Germany, France and Great Britain would succeed in achieving a solution such that Teheran does not withdraw from the deal. The head of Slovak diplomacy also drew attention to the importance and irreplaceability of the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the entire process.
Today, 15 July, in the Hofburg Palace of Vienna, the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM) II of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe took place. The main theme of the two-day event was effective multilateralism. Effective multilateralism is part of the three main programme priorities of this year’s Slovak chairmanship in the OSCE, together with the prevention and mitigation of the consequences of conflicts and a safe future. The opening remarks were delivered by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Special Representative for Slovakia’s OSCE chairmanship, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE, and the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, George Tseretli.
Bilateral relations in the context of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as well as the challenges for the Slovak chairmanship in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and also global issues -- these were the themes of the talks of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Wang Yi, State Advisor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China, who arrived today (10 July) to pay a working visit to the Slovak Republic. In their discussion, the ministers followed up on the most recent visit of Miroslav Lajčák in Beijing in April of this year. "China represents one of the key actors in the area of international policy. We are interested in maintaining a dialogue with you, in line with the EU policies and based on the One China Principle. We wish for friendly relations and a dialogue at the highest level based on mutual respect,” emphasized the chief Slovak diplomat.