United Nations, 11 September 2017 – H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák was sworn in today as the President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. Placing his hand on the Charter of the United Nations, the President said, “I solemnly declare that I shall truthfully perform my duties and exercise the functions entrusted to me as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations in all loyalty, discretion and conscience, and that I shall discharge these functions and regulate my conduct with the interest of the United Nations only in view and in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the code of ethics for the President of the General Assembly, without seeking or accepting any instruction in regard to the performance of my duties from any Government or other source external to the Organization.”
“If we want to contribute to addressing the problem that the North Korean nuclear program presents, we must find a meaningful combination of pressure actions and dialogue. The international community must be prepared to more strongly enforce the effectiveness of the sanctions put on North Korea through the UN Security Council resolutions but we also must undertake an effort to restart the negotiations with Pyongyang,” stated State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, in an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers under the Gymnich format in Tallinn, Estonia today (7 September).
Lajčák on the UN’s role in conflicts: "Prevention is a better and cheaper solution than taking action later on”
The Slovak Republic remains a full member of the Visegrad Four. This is our first choice and primary interest. We do not choose between the V4 and the European Union; we want to be a member of the recognized and well-established V4 – an integral part of the EU. The V4 is a reputable brand and the best-functioning regional cooperation platform in Central Europe. Naturally, it does not mean that we must have the same opinion on all issues but it is valuable that we can speak openly to each other. This was stated today (5 September) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák at Poland´s Ambassadors Conference in Warsaw, to which he was invited by his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski. Lajčák devoted a large part of his address to the role of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council in armed conflict prevention and resolving international issues.
Minister Lajčák: “Dialogue is the best instrument of diplomacy and it needs platforms such Bled Strategic Forum”
The world community needs a thought through strategy for keeping peace. The United Nations’ effort should be designed to accomplish broader goals than just the immediate needs of conflict-stricken countries. This was said today (4 September) by the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, at a security conference, the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) in Slovenia, where he presented his remarks in a separate panel dedicated to the priorities of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. “The United Nations is not an autonomously existing body; it is us, every one of us. For that reason I am convinced that we have to put more effort to make full use of the potential it presents. What often is missing in international relations is dialogue. We do not engage in dialogue with those with different opinions from ours. We isolate them. And that is a mistake,” stated Lajčák.
Lajčák with Zaorálek: “Dignified remembrance of special anniversaries of our historical events in 2018 is our common interest”
The representation offices of the Slovak Republic and of the Czech Republic will coordinate their activities in making arrangements for celebrations of several forthcoming anniversaries in 2018, including 100 years since the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic, 50 years since Prague Spring and, last but not least, 25 years of the independent existence of the two states. This coordination has resulted from bilateral discussion that was included in common deliberations of the governments of the Slovak Republic and of the Czech Republic and was held by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák with his departmental counterpart, Lubomír Zaorálek, in Lednice today (4 September).