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Miroslav Lajčák in Geneva on Multilateralism, Conflict Prevention and Mutual Cooperation

Miroslav Lajčák in Geneva on Multilateralism, Conflict Prevention and Mutual Cooperation

26.2.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a OSN | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

Today (26 February 2019) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, took part in a series of events and talks in Geneva. The main item on his agenda was to take part in a High-Level Segment of the 40th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.  Miroslav Lajčák expressed his support for a multilateral approach when seeking solutions to global issues. He also underlined the importance of conflict prevention, where the protection and support of human rights play the primary roles. Their violation is often the first sign of emerging tensions, which can easily grow into conflicts. “It is therefore necessary that the international community is capable of a flexible and adequate response to conflict situations. For their efficient resolution, it is necessary to establish a dialogue and involve all the parties to the conflict in the solution. For sustainable solutions, however, it is crucial that responsibility for the deeds done be assumed,” stated the Head of Slovak diplomacy.

 

Miroslav Lajčák also met with Michele Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and discussed primarily the importance of the link between security and respect for human rights. The minister informed the High Commissioner about Slovakia’s priorities as part of the country’s OSCE chairmanship. The partners discussed the development of the situation in Ukraine, which is one of the priorities of the Slovak Republic, both in relation to the OSCE chairmanship and as part of good bilateral neighbourhood relations.

 

The relations of Slovakia and the oldest existing humanitarian organisation were discussed by Miroslav Lajčák and Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). To start with, the high representatives signed a Memorandum of understanding between the ICRC and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, which is a testimony to the quality and intensity of the cooperation between the two institutions. An assessment of specific options for the joint advancement of the ICRC and the OSCE in helping the people of Ukraine affected by the conflict was also an important topic at the meeting. To improve the situation of people living in the vicinity of the line of contact is one of the priorities of the chairmanship of the Slovak Republic in the OSCE this year.

 

At the conference on Yemen, the goal of which is to support a coordinated response of the international community to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, Minister Lajčák announced Slovakia’s contribution in the amount of 100,000 euros. This gesture is an expression of the ongoing solidarity with the suffering of the Yemeni people. The minister also drew attention to the fact that the only sustainable solution is to arrive at a political agreement.

 

During the bilateral meeting with the High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, Miroslav Lajčák pointed to Slovakia’s solidarity with people who are forced to leave their homes and to specific ways of how Slovakia contributes to resolving of this issue. He indicated that it was imperative to address the root causes of the problem and to help in the countries of origin.

 

At the Conference on Disarmament, Miroslav Lajčák pointed to the complicated situation and the current challenges in the area of disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation.  The Head of the Slovak diplomatic service called for a return to multilateralism and the adherence to international agreements, which are necessary for maintaining international peace and security. In this regard, the Conference on Disarmament plays a principal role. “Therefore, the revival of its substantial activities is not only a question of good will, but also a necessity,” stated the Slovak minister.

 

During his meeting with Michael Møller, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, Miroslav Lajčák discussed the current challenges to multilateralism in the context and tasks of the UN, as well as options for the improvement of cooperation between regional organisations and the United Nations.

 

At the meeting with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki, Minister Lajčák discussed the escalation of tensions and the deterioration of the situation in the Near East. Miroslav Lajčák expressed his support for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, for which the basic prerequisite is a two-state solution that would guarantee peace to both parties. “We regard the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine to be the best way to reach a permanent peaceful solution to the conflict. Therefore, we support all sensible actions, which would allow the idea of statehood for the Palestine nation to be realized, and at the same time would also guarantee the security and place of the State of Israel in the region,” emphasized Minister Lajčák.

 

By his participation in the Palace of Nations, the Head of Slovak diplomacy also supported an exhibition about a unique life story of Dávid Unreich, a Bratislava-born man of Jewish origin, a wrestler and World Champion in the heavyweight class who, in the period between the wars, greatly contributed to the process of mitigating the effects of fascism that were gaining force on the Bratislava Jewish community. His endeavours against Hitler and his totalitarian regime continued also after he left for the USA.

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Exhibition about David Unreich. Minister with the Deputy Director of the Jewish Museum in Bratislava Michal Vanek Exhibition about David Unreich. Minister with the Deputy Director of the Jewish Museum in Bratislava Michal Vanek
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