Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received today (22 March 2019) Michael Spindelegger, Director General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). The former Austrian Vice-Chancellor, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Finance arrived in Bratislava with the aim of identifying possible points of cooperation between the ICMPD and the Government of the Slovak Republic. The discussion focused on current migration issues. Minister Lajčák acknowledged the ICMPD’s activities, the relevance of which has been growing with regards to finding possible solutions to migration challenges. He sees the main contribution of this esteemed organisation in the sharing of information and know-how which it has in the area of migration and asylum policy. The partners discussed options related to common activities when tackling the root causes of migration in the countries of origin and transit. “The ICMPD as an organisation is a guarantee that our resources will be directed to projects that are competently led and that focus on the relevant areas, while respecting the diversity of local conditions,” emphasized Minister Lajčák.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MZVEZ SR) sternly protests against the lies of the Member of the Slovak Parliament Jaroslav Paška, presented at the press conference held on 21 March 2019. The Ministry has repeatedly explained, and did so again at today’s meeting of the Committee for European Affairs of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, that Slovakia’s core position when negotiating with the USA is to preserve Slovakia’s sovereignty and to respect the Slovak Constitution and laws.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák and the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) visited the University of Matej Bel (UMB) in Banská Bystrica today (19 March 2019), where he officially opened the exhibition on the 100th anniversary of Slovak diplomacy. He then delivered an address at the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations on the Chairmanship of the Slovak Republic in the OSCE. He explained to the students the genesis of this organization, the foundation of which was laid in the 1970s with the signing of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975 and the creation of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). The CSCE was renamed the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1994 to reflect more realistically its mission and structure. “Through political dialogue and practical cooperation, the OSCE strives for stability, peace and democracy for more than a billion people across three continents,” stated Minister Lajčák.
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attended the regular session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels today (18 March 2019).
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the 5th Anniversary of the Annexation of Crimea
On occasion of the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic declares that the Slovak Republic continues to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. We perceive the annexation to be a violation of international law and a threat to the security and stability of Europe. One result of this was the increased tension in the Kerch Strait and the Azov Sea in November 2018. Bilaterally and at the relevant international forums, the Slovak Republic will continue in its efforts geared towards the search for a peaceful resolution of the situation in Ukraine.