State Secretary Lukáš Parízek Takes Part in the Ministerial Conference in Washington

State Secretary Lukáš Parízek Takes Part in the Ministerial Conference in Washington

6.2.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

The Plenary Session of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS/Daesh in Iraq and Syria took place on 6 February 2019, in Washington D.C. At this meeting of the 79-member coalition, Slovakia was represented by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary and Special Representative of the Minister for Slovakia’s OSCE chairmanship.


The ministerial plenary session of the coalition focused on the developments in Syria and Iraq, the protection of ethnic and religious minorities and the criminal liability for acts committed by terrorists. The stabilisation and reconstruction of areas liberated from the terrorists, and the identification of measures to weaken the actions of ISIS after their presumed territorial defeat are significant tasks for this year.


“Combatting terrorism, particularly the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism, is one of the main priorities of Slovakia’s Chairmanship in the OSCE in 2019. This is the very reason why, on 25-26 March 2019, an annual conference on combatting terrorism will be held in Bratislava, under the auspices of the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship,” stated Lukáš Parízek.  The topic of violent extremism and radicalization has recently been gaining significance in international forums, and the threat of terrorism is ever-present in the OSCE Region. The prevention of terrorism and activities aimed at radicals have become a core effort in many OSCE countries.


As for combatting ISIS, the key instrument remains the 79-member Global Coalition, which was created in September 2014. In the past 5 years it has proven itself, without precedent, to be an example of an efficient coordinated approach. Within the coalition, there are five working groups (The Political and Military Group; The Counter-ISIS Financing Group, The Stabilization Group, The Group to Fight Foreign Terrorist Fighters, The Group to Delegitimize the Daesh Narrative). The EU takes part in non-military activities of the Coalition.