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Miroslav Lajčák informs Partners in NATO about Slovakia’s priorities in the OSCE and holds talks with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Miroslav Lajčák informs Partners in NATO about Slovakia’s priorities in the OSCE and holds talks with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

29.1.2019 | Slovensko a NATO | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |

Today (29 January 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) presented, in the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the priorities that Slovakia will aim to accomplish during its chairmanship throughout this calendar year.  In the discussion with the permanent representatives of the member states of the North-Atlantic Alliance, he emphasized as essential the need to direct all action towards helping people who have suffered due to bad humanitarian situations. He also underscored the need for dialogue and stability since the Slovak Republic will be laying emphasis on conflict prevention, the mitigation of the consequences of conflict, and on the work with the young generation. In this regard, the minister informed the audience about his working visits to Moldova and the Ukraine and specifically made a point about the critical situation along the line of contact. He also recalled that the North-Atlantic Alliance has been helping our Eastern neighbour by means of the NATO-Ukraine Trust Fund, which has been administered by the Slovak Republic and whose goal is to dispose of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Miroslav Lajčák also called for support of efficient multilateralism, including NATO-OSCE cooperation. “These two are international security organisations based on compatible values, norms and principles,” stated the Head of the Slovak diplomatic service. He added that the priority area of mutual collaboration is weapons’ control in the context of the Helsinki Convention, especially with regard to proposals to upgrade the Vienna document and support the Structured Dialogue. The permanent representatives of the NATO member states agreed that the cooperation of the two mentioned organisations constitutes a straightforward contribution to the strengthening of security and expressed support for the intentions of the Slovak chairmanship in the OSCE.
 

 

At the NATO Headquarters, Minister Lajčák held talks with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General. The two diplomats positively evaluated the approach of the allies to the security situation in Europe, with the emphasis on the crisis in the Ukraine and the developments in the Western Balkans region. “Our interest is to contribute to the efforts aiming at the resolution of frozen and ongoing conflicts on the Eastern periphery of the Alliance and the EU,” the Head of Slovak diplomacy stated in this regard. Special attention was paid to the adaptation of the Alliance and the fulfilment of the joint commitments of the allies.  Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged Slovakia’s contribution to the operations of the Alliance and its increase in defence expenditure and its building of modern armed forces with which Slovakia has served to reinforce the credibility of the North-Atlantic Alliance as the guarantor of collective defence. We jointly consider the issue of Afghanistan’s stability essential in the broader context of global security, and the Secretary-General therefore highly appreciates the ongoing contribution of Slovakia to the Resolute Support Mission.