Lajčák Addresses Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship before Students in Banská Bystrica

19.March

Lajčák Addresses Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship before Students in Banská Bystrica

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák and the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) visited the University of Matej Bel (UMB) in Banská Bystrica today (19 March 2019), where he officially opened the exhibition on the 100th anniversary of Slovak diplomacy. He then delivered an address at the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations on the Chairmanship of the Slovak Republic in the OSCE. He explained to the students the genesis of this organization, the foundation of which was laid in the 1970s with the signing of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975 and the creation of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). The CSCE was renamed the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1994 to reflect more realistically its mission and structure. “Through political dialogue and practical cooperation, the OSCE strives for stability, peace and democracy for more than a billion people across three continents,” stated Minister Lajčák.

Minister Lajčák Participates in the EU Foreign Affairs Council Meeting in Brussels

18.March

Minister Lajčák Participates in the EU Foreign Affairs Council Meeting in Brussels

Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attended the regular session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels today (18 March 2019).

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the 5th Anniversary of the Annexation of Crimea

17.March

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the 5th Anniversary of the Annexation of Crimea

On occasion of the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic declares that the Slovak Republic continues to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. We perceive the annexation to be a violation of international law and a threat to the security and stability of Europe. One result of this was the increased tension in the Kerch Strait and the Azov Sea in November 2018. Bilaterally and at the relevant international forums, the Slovak Republic will continue in its efforts geared towards the search for a peaceful resolution of the situation in Ukraine.

Minister Lajčák: We have many common interests with the Netherlands

15.March

Minister Lajčák: We have many common interests with the Netherlands

Today (15 March 2019) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok. “I am happy that I can welcome my partner and my friend also here, at our Ministry.” We regularly meet in Brussels, but talks like this, in a home country, are always beneficial,” stated Minister Lajčák at the beginning of the meeting. The last time Slovakia was visited by Blok’s predecessor Bert Koenders was during the historical presidency of Slovakia in the Council of the EU, where we comprised the Troika together with the Netherlands and Malta back in June 2016. “Last year, Slovakia and the Netherlands celebrated the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and today we are equal partners in the EU and NATO. We share the same democratic values, and it was not such a long time ago that we presided together in the Council of the EU; we have a lot in common with the Netherlands,” underlined the Minister.

Statement of the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry on the Remarks of the Speaker of the Slovak Parliament in the TA3 TV Show “Téma dňa” (Theme of the Day)

15.March

Statement of the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry on the Remarks of the Speaker of the Slovak Parliament in the TA3 TV Show “Téma dňa” (Theme of the Day)

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MZVEZSR) considers it necessary to state that in the talk show of the TA3 television “Theme of the Day”, the Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko, made, most likely due to lack of knowledge, several imprecise statements in his remarks regarding the Defence Cooperation Agreement between the Slovak Republic and the United States of America. Given the above context, we wish to state the facts concerning these individual remarks.

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