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Minister Lajčák: “Dialogue is the best instrument of diplomacy and it needs platforms such Bled Strategic Forum”

Minister Lajčák: “Dialogue is the best instrument of diplomacy and it needs platforms such Bled Strategic Forum”

4.9.2017 | Aktivity ministra |

The world community needs a thought through strategy for keeping peace. The United Nations’ effort should be designed to accomplish broader goals than just the immediate needs of conflict-stricken countries. This was said today (4 September) by the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, at a security conference, the  Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) in Slovenia, where he presented his remarks in a separate panel dedicated to the priorities of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. “The United Nations is not an autonomously existing body; it is us, every one of us. For that reason I am convinced that we have to put more effort to make full use of the potential it presents. What often is missing in international relations is dialogue. We do not engage in dialogue with those with different opinions from ours. We isolate them. And that is a mistake,” stated Lajčák. 
 
In a discussion with the panel facilitator the minister presented his view of the timely pressing regional concerns and challenges that pose a threat to global security including, inter alia, the nuclear program of North Korea, the security situation in Europe, the terrorism threat, the position of the V4 within the European Union and more. He specifically noted on the issue of the recent developments concerning the North Korean nuclear tests that they pose a serious threat not only to regional but also global stability and security. “Sanctions have been approved unanimously, which is good. Yet, they have not brought the desired results and, regrettably, have had no effects on the North Korean regime’s behaviour. Sanctions are not a policy; they are a tool of policy. The right thing to do would be combining sanctions (if needed) and dialogue,” said Lajčák.
 
The head of Slovak diplomacy, as the first person in the history of the conference in Bled, received the Bled Strategic Forum Distinguished Partner 2017 Award from the Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec for his lasting promotion of this event. Dialogue is the best diplomatic tool. Diplomacy needs platforms such as the Bled Strategic Forum for exchange of views of the most pressing issues of the day. You can keep counting on my support and favour just like I could so far rely on your support including today’s invitation to present my remarks in my capacity as the next President of the United Nations General Assembly,” said Minister Lajčák in his words of thanks. 
 
The minister made use of the opportunity for a series of bilateral meetings. In his discussion with the State Minister of Foreign Affairs of India, M. Akbar, he followed up his recent working visit in Delhi and discussion of UN Security Council reform; they also discussed certain timely concerns such as the threat that the North Korean nuclear program poses to global security.  The latter topic resonated also in the conversation with the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), Lassina Zerbo, where Lajčák appreciated CTBT as a step in the right direction towards the final goal of a world free from nuclear weapons. In a bilateral meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, Andrei Galbur, the minister reminded that Moldova remains one of the three top beneficiaries of development assistance from Slovakia and we are ready to continue sharing our transformation process experience with the country. In that regard Galbur appreciated that the experienced Slovak diplomat Michalko was appointed the head of the EU delegation in Kishinev.
 
The minister’s discussions with the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Sijilmassi, focused on timely tasks the organization has been working on in various areas and on possible fields of mutual collaboration. Migration may be among them; the topic will be on the agenda of the 72nd UN General Assembly led by Lajčák when the so-called compact on migration will be under preparation.
 
Minister Lajčák discussed the timely political situation in Montenegro and the European integration prospects of Podgorica with the Foreign Affairs Minister of Montenegro for European Integration, Aleksandar Pejovič. The final meeting with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Hoyt Brian Yee, was carried out with special emphasis on the developments in the situation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in Macedonia, and also the conversation touched upon the present status and future of the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue that has been mediated by the European Union.
 
The Bled Strategic Forum is among the leading international conferences in the region. In recent years it has become a platform for finding new strategies, visions and positions whose aim is to face the most pressing issues of Europe at this time and the 21st century world.