Geneva, March 1 (TASR) – International peace and security are closely intertwined with human rights, said Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak at the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.
“If basic human rights and freedoms are constantly being violated, peace and stability will remain threatened,” stated Lajcak, according to a report that was published by the ministry on Tuesday.
Lajcak emphasised that the significance of the UN Human Rights Council, which is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, has increased over the past few years and that everyone should strive to make sure that it’s even more actively involved in resolving global challenges.
Slovakia’s head of diplomacy pointed to grave concerns over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. He said that the situation in Ukraine will be one of Slovakia’s priorities during its Presidency of the EU set for the latter half of 2016.
Lajcak also made an appearance at a session of the UN Conference on Disarmament and met High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad, UNESCO Secretary-General Irina Bokova, International Committee of the Red Cross president Peter Maurer, Argentinian Foreign Affairs and Worship Minister Susana Malcorra and new Qatari Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani.
Lajcak at the session of the Conference on Disarmament said that the international community currently faces enormous security threats and is witnessing flagrant violations of international law, including in terms of the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.