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Parízek: Security sector reform is a long discussed topic in Slovak diplomacy

Parízek: Security sector reform is a long discussed topic in Slovak diplomacy

13.5.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

Slovakia’s Chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) also involves the co-organization of a seminar that brings about a discussion on the role of the security sector governance and reform. The event was opened today (13 May 2019) by Lukáš Parízek, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic for Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship. His address was followed by that of Thomas Greminger, the OSCE Secretary-General. 

 

The comprehensive approach of the OSCE to security is tied to the concept of early warning, conflict prevention and resolution, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation, while this process is described as a conflict cycle. The way this cycle is achieved involves its network of field operations and the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, which was founded in 1990 and is especially active in emergency early warning tasks. 

 

“Support for security sector reform and governance is one of the long-term foreign policy priorities of the Slovak Republic. Responsible governance plays a decisive role in building reliable, inclusive, and effective security institutions capable of reacting to arising security threats. We have also built the priorities of Slovakia´s OSCE Chairmanship on values such as responsibility, efficiency, civil supervision, professionalism, respecting human rights, gender equality, and the principles of the rule of law,” stated Parízek.
The OSCE seminar on the conflict cycle tackles the influence of the reform and governance of the security sector on the individual phases of the conflict itself. The panel discussion also included representatives of the participating states, OSCE missions, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, and representatives of the third sector. 

 

The OSCE is an exceptional international organization that has the mandate and the tools for conflict prevention and management and peaceful conflict resolution based on generally accepted principles, values, and commitments agreed to by participating states.