Luxembourg (24 June) – The British voters have made their decision and now Europe has to say what comes next. This was noted by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, who participated in the EU General Affairs Council (GAC) meeting in Luxembourg on Friday. Preparations for next week’s summit of prime ministers and presidents of the EU states and the European Council were the most important topic on the agenda. The ministers for foreign and European affairs of the EU member states dedicated a portion of their Friday discussions in Luxembourg to the implications of the vote by the British to leave the EU and actions the EU needs to take in preparation for departure of a member state.
The Slovak Republic has acknowledged with regret the negative result of the United Kingdom referendum on its membership of the European Union. We have taken note of this decision and fully respect it. At the same time we underline the fact that until the completion of the exit process the United Kingdom remains a fully fledged Member of the European Union retaining with this all existing rights and obligations. The EU will now face serious negotiations aimed at providing answers to the many practical questions posed by the referendum vote including those about settlement of mutual relations between the EU and the UK.
New York (21 June) - The Slovak Republic organized a high-level meeting at the UN on security sector reform in the Central African Republic (CAR). “This has been the first ever event of this kind devoted to the security sector reform in a specific state,” said Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák, who chaired the meeting. It was also attended by Minister of Defence of the Central African Republic Joseph Yakite and the CAR President´s Plenipotentiary for Security Sector Reform Jean Willybiro Sako.
Luxembourg (20 June 2016) – The Middle East Peace Process, political developments in Macedonia, visa liberalization with Georgia, as well as the Sahel region, the Arctic, and extension of the EUNAVFOR MED Sophia mandate were issues that dominated the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) today. Slovakia was represented by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
World Refugee Day has been marked on 20 June, ever since the UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000, adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Today an estimated 60 million persons are forcibly displaced in the world - as refugees, asylum seekers, migrants or internally displaced persons. Providing support and protection for refugees and effectively managing migration is a challenge, which requires a global response. World Refugee Day commemorates the plight of men, women and children, who have been compelled to leave their homes, abandon their family and societal bonds and start a new life in a foreign country. In spite of tremendous effort and progress, which the international community achieved since the 1951 Refugee Convention, the problems experienced by refugees remain in too many cases unsolved.