Danko: Czech Republic Will Support Lajcak’s UN Bid

Official Slovakia's candidate for UN secretary-general Miroslav Lajcak. (Photo by TASR)

Prague, June 6 (TASR-correspondent) – The Czech Republic will support Slovak Foreign and European Minister Miroslav Lajcak’s bid for UN secretary-general, TASR was told by Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko following talks with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek and Senate chairman Milan Stech in Prague on Monday.

After the official approval of Lajcak’s bid by the Slovak Cabinet last month, Danko – stating that Slovakia should be proud of Lajcak – said that he’ll seek support for him abroad. Last week, Danko promoted Lajcak at a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart Olemic Thommessen. The Norwegian official then said that he finds Lajcak to be a good candidate, but he didn’t say whether Lajcak would get his country’s support.

In Prague, Danko also broached Slovakia’s Presidency of the EU Council as of July 1, cooperation within Visegrad Four and current crises in the EU – mainly concerning migration and the British referendum on leaving the Union. When it came to migration, Danko and the Czech politicians agreed on rejecting the mandatory quotas on distribution of migrants among individual EU countries and also possible sanctions for refusing migrants.

As part of the trip, Danko’s delegation also laid wreaths to a sculpture of Slovak statesman Milan Rastislav Stefanik (died 1919) and a national memorial to victims of the regime under Nazi Reich-Protector Reinhard Heydrich.