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Former foreign minister will write and lecture

FORMER Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduard Kukan wants to share his diplomatic experience with the young generation. Apart from working as an MP for the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union, he would like to be a university lecturer and writer, SITA wrote.

"I will probably lecture on international relations and write," said Kukan, who lost his ministerial post after eight years in the job.

With a new government in power, Kukan expects no crucial change in Slovakia's foreign policy in the next government period.

"There might be some minor differences in foreign policy, however, I do not expect a significant swing in policy," he said.

Kukan does not consider the planned withdrawal of Slovak troops from Iraq to be a major policy change either. However, he insisted that the earlier statements by the nationalist Slovak National Party leader Ján Slota, who called the activities of Slovak peacekeepers in Iraq as "clowning around", to be an expression of Slota's contempt for the Slovak military engineers.

"Several European governments headed by social democrats made the decision [to withdraw from Iraq], but nowhere was this step accompanied by arrogant and vulgar statements, which dishonour the soldiers' missions," he said.

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