The Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations
Yesterday (September 27, 2019) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, began a series of bilateral events by meeting former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and President of the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations Organisation Vuk Jeremić. The partners discussed the internal political situation in Serbia in the context of upcoming parliamentary elections in spring 2020 and the boycott announced by the opposition. Lajčák was interested to hear from Jeremic about the current status of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. The dialogue has been frozen after Pristina’s introducing 100% customs tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Hercegovina in November 2018.
“Mediation is one of the key political mechanisms in conflict prevention and peaceful conflict resolution.” These were the words of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, accentuated during yesterday’s (September 26, 2019) talks in New York, at an event held by the Group of Friends of Mediation. The chief Slovak diplomat also highlighted initiatives which support conflict prevention, sustainable peace and early warning systems.“It is necessary to build strong partnerships, without which conflict prevention isn’t possible,” emphasized Miroslav Lajčák. He maintained that mediation can work only if it is inclusive. There is also a trend of using digital technologies, in which the young generation’s active participation is key. “Young people must be actively involved in all stages of peacebuilding. What is extremely important is that they have connections to local communities, to be used when extending humanitarian aid or monitoring the observance of human rights. Young people have the potential to make the mediation effort richer with the use of unconventional methods and innovative approaches,” stated Minister Lajčák. In this regard, he emphasized the need to build awareness about digital technologies, their development, the opportunities they create, and, at the same time, the risks in new technologies or IT applications.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák held talks in New York today (17 July 2019) with María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the current President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, as well as Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the President-elect of the upcoming 74th session and two other former Presidents – Joseph Deiss and Peter Thomson (of the 65th and 71st sessions respectively).
“The dynamics of foreign policy events pushes us to continue maintaining a high degree of professionalism in our foreign service,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in his concluding remarks delivered at the meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions. As he clarified, demands on multilateral political, consular and economic dimensions of foreign policy are high, and therefore it is important to continue to deliver consistently. “I wish to thank you for always having the interests of the Slovak Republic and its citizens in mind while carrying out your tasks,” emphasized the head of the Slovak diplomatic service, addressing the Slovak ambassadors as he was formally closing the four-day meeting.
Being received by the President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputova was the most important item of the agenda of the meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions, which continued today (July 3, 2019) in Bratislava. “I took office with the idea that I wish to be an active president in the area of foreign policy among others. I will clearly and straightforwardly communicate our values and our interests and defend them, as I wish for Slovakia to be perceived as a confident country with its values firmly anchored. I will not be silent should our values be besmirched, or should there be confusing signals coming out of Slovakia or acts against our interests as a member of the EU and NATO. This is mainly what we discussed with the minister of foreign affairs Miroslav Lajčák and our ambassadors. I very much appreciate the work they do for Slovakia. I promise I will do everything I can so that they can be proud of Slovakia and have good conditions for their demanding work. I want our diplomatic service to continue to be respected and of quality,” proclaimed the Slovak president Zuzana Čaputová.