Minister Lajčák Meets with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger

Minister Lajčák Meets with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger

11.4.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

Funding of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and also the current political development in Ukraine -- these were just a few of the topics discussed at the meeting of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák in his capacity of the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE and the Secretary General of the organisation Thomas Greminger on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

The working breakfast took place at the invitation of Miroslav Lajčák. The partners focused, inter alia, on the OSCE Scales of Contributions which was the topic of a recent high-level meeting in Bratislava (5 April). In this regard, the Head of the Slovak diplomatic service emphasized that the Slovak chairmanship this year takes this issue seriously. “Despite the fact that Slovakia inherited this agenda from its predecessors, we have made several unprecedented steps immediately after having assumed our duties in January of this year. We had to put an end to the legal vacuum stemming from the completed Scales of Contributions and prevent the OSCE from collapsing,” stated Miroslav Lajčák. The partners spoke about the situation in Ukraine which is now approaching the second round of the important presidential elections. The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) evaluated the first round of the elections in a positive way, although, not without some qualifications. “The second round of presidential elections will be a test. Ukraine, the European Union and the international community need the elections to be successful,” said the OSCE Head in this regard. They also talked about the change in the position of the Chief Monitor of the Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, which for five years now has been led by Ertugrul Apakan.

Miroslav Lajčák informed the OSCE Secretary General about his upcoming trips to the OSCE area. He will continue to make trips to Central Asia and the Western Balkans in the coming weeks and months.