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State Secretary Parízek: “We observe Slovakia’s commitments in building the security environment. We are responsibly getting ready for our OSCE Presidency.”

State Secretary Parízek: “We observe Slovakia’s commitments in building the security environment. We are responsibly getting ready for our OSCE Presidency.”

2.10.2017

The newly-elected Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Thomas Greminger, arrived for his first visit in the Slovak Republic. He and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Lukáš Parízek, opened the 11th edition of the Slovak Security Forum in Bratislava.

 

The Slovak Security Forum is a top-level meeting of the diplomatic core, members of parliament and officials from international organizations, academia, the third sector, the private sector and public administration. More than 150 participants evaluate the work done by departments and institutions in discussions and presentations.

 

“Cooperative security is a process and the goal at the same time, when we prevent conflicts through cooperation,” noted MFEA SR State Secretary Parízek in his address.

 

In January 2018 Slovakia will become a part of the so-called Presidency Trio of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and from 1 January 2019 will assume the OSCE Presidency for a year.

 

The core topics of discussions were SR’s preparations for the OSCE Presidency in 2019, cooperation with the OSCE Secretariat during the preparations and during the Presidency, the timely global security situation with emphasis on Eastern Ukraine, the migration crisis and counter-terrorism activities by the OSCE. The high level of OSCE’s engagement in solving and stabilizing the crisis in Eastern Ukraine through the Trilateral Contact Group, Special Monitoring Mission and an Observer Mission in two Russian-Ukrainian border crossings was emphasized.

 

With regard to Slovakia’s OSCE Presidency, Parízek conveyed the interest in strengthening cooperation with the OSCE Secretariat and institutions in preparation of thematic meetings during the Presidency. The areas that SR perceives sensitively within the OSCE and also wants to contribute through its 2019 Presidency to their solutions include migration, energy security, security sector reform, cybersecurity, fighting against terrorism and extremism as well as development of rule of law institutions.

 

OSCE is the largest regional security organization that includes 57 states of Europe, Central Asia and North America. It was established under Chapter VIII of the UN Charter and all states, parties to the OSCE, have equal rights and decisions are adopted through a consensus. This presents a unique platform that joins all countries as equal partners and creates space for dialogue on security and mutual influence issues.

 

“The OSCE Presidency is an opportunity for the Slovak Republic to contribute to the effort to strengthen peace, stability and conflict prevention in our neighbourhood as well as in the Euro-Asian area as a whole,” noted MFEA SR State Secretary Parízek.

 

Thomas Greminger was a permanent representative of Switzerland to the OSCE in 2010-2015, the President of the OSCE Permanent Council during the Swiss Presidency in 2014, and was elected the Secretary General in July 2017. At the time when the conflict in Ukraine started, he personally contributed to adoption of the decision on sending an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to the armed conflict area. Greminger will hold a series of bilateral talks with state officials during his visit in Slovakia.

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