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State Secretary Parízek visits Donbas

State Secretary Parízek visits Donbas

13.4.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and special representative of the ministry for Slovakia’s presidency of the OSCE, visited the region of Donbas in Ukraine on Friday, 13 April.

 

The aim of his trip was to learn directly on the spot about the security situation in the conflict zone as part of the preparation by Slovakia for its presidency of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2019. After taking part in the briefing in the Steering Centre of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (SMM), he visited the battlefront of the conflict zone near the town of Mariupol. He was provided detailed information on the activities of OSCE observers in the East of Ukraine where he also greeted Slovaks who work in the mission. “I appreciate the demanding and responsible work of international observers as well as the key role of the mission in stabilizing the situation in the region,“ stated the state secretary.

 

Parízek also met with the representatives of the Ukrainian local administration in Mariupol. At this event he handed over humanitarian aid in the form of 8,600 warning signs marking danger in mined areas. “Landmines in Donbas kill more people than anywhere in the world, and the saddest thing about it is that these mines also kill innocent children,“ emphasized Parízek. From the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, landmines have claimed more than 1,700 civilian victims and the country holds the fifth position in the world concerning contamination with unexploded ordnance.