Miroslav Lajčák in Talks with Kyrgyz Partners

Miroslav Lajčák in Talks with Kyrgyz Partners

9.4.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |

Today (9 April 2019), Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák, Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), continued his series of trips with a visit to Kyrgyzstan, where he met with his partner Chingiz Aidarbekov. The Kyrgyz Minister of Foreign Affairs gave Mr. Lajčák an award acknowledging his role in the development of Slovak-Kyrgyz relations. The Slovak Minister also met with Dastan Jumabekov, Speaker of the Parliament, and was received by President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. Minister Lajčák expressed his thanks to the Kyrgyz representatives for their support of the OSCE’s Programme Office in Bishkek. “It is our aim to intensify our efforts to strengthen our capacities in the fight against extremism and radicalism that leads to terrorism,” emphasized the head of Slovak diplomacy. He also encouraged his Kyrgyz partners to reinforce the rule of law, eliminate corruption, and further strengthen the position of democratic institutions and civil society in their country. The minister also informed his partners about the objectives of the Slovak OSCE chairmanship – objectives that are ambitious, but realistic. He also highlighted the OSCE’s important role in the current complex security situation – the OSCE is a platform for dialogue and common solutions to problems related to security issues. In this respect, he appreciated the support of the Kyrgyz partners in fostering Slovakia’s priorities in its OSCE chairmanship duties. “It is in Slovakia’s and the OSCE’s interest to further reinforce and develop reforms your country needs,” the minister stated. He also declared Slovakia’s readiness to share its experience with the transformation process. In addition, he expressed his conviction that next year’s parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan will be free, fair and transparent, in line with national priorities, and that they will reaffirm democracy in the country. The minister also made a note on the need to continue to implement the recommendations of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Miroslav Lajčák appreciated the interest of countries from Central Asia to deepen regional cooperation and expressed the readiness of the OSCE to support measures that will lead to increasing the quality of this cooperation. The minister also discussed with the partners the ways in which Slovak-Kyrgyz bilateral relations can be fostered. The highest representatives of Kyrgyzstan expressed their interest in continued dialogue between the V4 foreign ministers and the countries of Central Asia.

Minister Lajčák visited the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, where he talked to students about current issues in international politics. He also held discussions with the representatives of civil society and employees of the OSCE Programme Office.

These days, Kyrgyzstan is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the OSCE’s presence in the country. On this occasion, Minister Lajčák held a keynote speech at a conference dedicated to the two decades of the OSCE’s activity in Kyrgyzstan. He reminded the conference participants of the role played by the organization chaired by Slovakia this year in preventing extremism and terrorism, and highlighted the importance of effective multilateralism in the world today as a powerful tool for fostering foreign policy relations, with a specific focus on conflict prevention and resolution in the territories of the participating states.