Lajčák visits Armenia as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

Lajčák visits Armenia as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

13.3.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |

Opportunities for solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were the main topic of the talks in Armenia today (13 March 2019) between Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and leading constitutional officials of Armenia.  Lajčák introduced the priorities of the Slovakia’s Chairmanship in the OSCE this year to Foreign Affairs Minister Zohrab Mnacakanian, President Armen Sarkissian, Speaker of the Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan, and Prime Minister Nikola Pashinyan.  He also assured them of the support of Slovakia and the OSCE in the search for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. “We are realistic, and we realize the fragility of the dialogue, but we also have good reason to hope for progress in this process. The work of the Minsk Group co-chairs is fully supported by Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship,” emphasized Lajčák. He further highlighted the activities of his Personal Representative in the conflict dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Conference, Andrzej Kasprzyk, as well as the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus Rudolf Michalka.

The ministerial talks with the Armenian partners were also opportunities for further development of the Slovak-Armenian bilateral relations, including the development of the political dialogue, as well as cooperation in the areas of trade and investment. 

Minister Lajčák also met with the leaders of the Nagorno-Karabakh community at a neutral place. They informed him about their view on the development of the decades long conflict. 

The head of Slovak diplomacy visited Armenia as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office a week after his working visit to Azerbaijan and his visit to Georgia in February. This thus completes the series of his visits to the countries of the South Caucasus with the objective of become acquainted with the ways to resolve the conflicts in this region.