Lajcak Says Slovakia Interested in OSCE Chairmanship in 2019

Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (stock photo by TASR)

Hamburg, December 8 (TASR) – Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak delivered a speech at the 23rd meeting of foreign affairs ministers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Hamburg on Thursday.

The session was opened by German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

In his speech, Lajcak expressed Slovakia’s interest in taking up the reins of the OSCE’s rotating chairmanship in 2019. The chairmanship is currently held by Germany with Steinmeier as the Chairman-in-Office. Austria and Italy are set to follow in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Lajcak has also called for implementing policies that ensure people’s dignity as well as for politics that are transparent and not behind-closed-doors and furtive.

The minister emphasised the good service Slovakia has done to the organisation’s benefit. He stressed Slovakia’s devotion to peace and stability.

The two-day session of 57 foreign affairs ministers which began on Thursday should be primarily focused on the situation in Syria and Ukraine.