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Ukraine, Syria and Western Balkans on Lajčák’s Agenda in Washington

Ukraine, Syria and Western Balkans on Lajčák’s Agenda in Washington

22.10.2019 | Aktivity ministra |

During his working visit to the USA, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák yesterday (21 October 2019) held talks with several representatives of the US and international government and non-government sectors. The core issues included the current OSCE Chairmanship as well as the developments in the Western Balkans, Brexit, trans-Atlantic cooperation, and the situation in the Middle and Near East. The chief Slovak diplomat considers the current situation in Syria to be very dangerous with the potential to destabilize the region. He also expressed his disappointment over the failure to convince some EU partners to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. The weariness from the enlargement, visible in some European countries, could feel demotivating for the region. Therefore, he considers it to be important that this attitude not discourage these states from pursuing their further EU integration progress.

 

The conversation with the former The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton concentrated on the prospects for further development in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

 

Lajčák together with the former US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker evaluated the recent development in this country, especially regarding the latest decisions of President Volodymyr Zelensky which focused on the resolution of the conflict in eastern part of Ukraine.  “The implementation of the Minsk Agreements is of significant importance for the conflict resolution,” emphasized Lajčák. He also informed his diplomatic partner about the steps made by Slovakia’s Chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with the objective of achieving maximum possible progress that would lead to improving living conditions in the areas affected by the conflict. As an example he mentioned the work on the reconstruction of the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska. This step will greatly improve the lives of thousands people who are forced to continuously travel from one side of the contact line to the another due to the situation that has arisen.

 

Yesterday the Minister also gave an interview to the renowned TV station Voice of America, where he spoke about Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship, relations with Russia and the situation in Ukraine.

Minister M. Lajčák and Kurt Volker. Minister M. Lajčák and Kurt Volker. Minister M. Lajčák and Kurt Volker. Minister M. Lajčák and Kurt Volker.