The end of 2019 meant the end of the Slovak Republic’s Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). This Chairmanship of the largest regional organization was characterized by its three main priorities: conflict prevention, a safe future, and effective multilateralism. Under the motto “for people, dialogue and stability”, Slovakia succeeded in realizing or launching several important initiatives during 2019. Special attention was paid to humanitarian projects focused on improving the lives of people in the areas affected by conflicts, including our immediate neighbor – Ukraine. In this regard, the latest developments are encouraging, including the repair of the strategic bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska, the meeting of the leaders of the Normandy Four in December, as well as the recent extended exchange of prisoners. The OSCE, also owing to Slovakia, has played and will continue to play a key role in the process of meeting the commitments to the peace agreements and conflict settlement in Ukraine and its surroundings.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák gave an address at the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM14) in Madrid today (16 December 2019). The event attested to the support for effective multilateralism and the reinforcement of the cooperation between Europe and Asia in global areas, such as the battle against climate change, trade and commerce based on international rules, and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Today (December 12, 2019) in Vienna, Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) presented Ambassador Martin Sajdik with the Golden Plaque of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs. The Austrian diplomat Martin Sajdik has played the role of Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the Trilateral Contact Group and Ukraine.
With his visit to Ukraine (28-29 November 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic ended his series of visits this year in his capacity of the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The main item on the agenda of the Slovak minister in Ukraine was to see the restored bridge in the Luhanska Station, where he went together with the deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Jehor Bozhok. Miroslav Lajčák expressed Slovakia’s full support for Ukrainian independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders. “Ukraine is our biggest neighbour, and we sincerely wish there to be peace in your country, which is a prerequisite for stability in Europe,” emphasized the chief Slovak diplomat and the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. He also acknowledged the effort of President Volodymyr Zelensky in his aim to achieve peace in the occupied territories. Miroslav Lajčák expressed his hope that the upcoming Normandy Four Summit in Paris would give a strong impetus to the implementation of the Minsk agreements in their full scope, as well as to diplomatic negotiations for the peaceful resolution of the conflict.
Today (November 28, 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) officially opened the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Azerbaijan.
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