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State Secretary Parízek speaks with ODIHR Director Gísladóttir about Slovakia’s upcoming Presidency of the OSCE

State Secretary Parízek speaks with ODIHR Director Gísladóttir about Slovakia’s upcoming Presidency of the OSCE

8.12.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách

On the side lines of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Vienna, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Lukáš Parízek, met Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, the OSCE’s Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on Friday (8 December 2017).
 

They jointly assessed the current state of play of guaranteeing human rights in several countries of the OSCE region. They also exchanged views on current democratization and human rights issues and challenges. They agreed that the functionality of democratic institutions and respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms form a basic prerequisite for maintaining security anywhere in the world. “This agenda is prominent in the foreign policy of the Slovak Republic and in cooperation with ODIHR we will actively promote it during our OSCE Chairmanship.  We have ambition to use this unique thematic synergy within Slovakia´s membership in the UN Human Rights Council in 2018-2020,” said Parízek.
 

Gísladóttir appreciated the early preparations of the Slovak Presidency, which will enable better connection between the future ODIHR activities with the priorities of the Slovak Republic.  They agreed that these should also focus on the wider public. The ODIHR Director recalled the high added value of the organization in monitoring the elections and thanked the Slovak Republic for the planned enhanced engagement of the Slovak observers.
 

State Secretary Parízek confirmed the ongoing Slovak support for ODIHR activity, impartiality and independence as one of the OSCE independent institutions.