BY MARIÁN LEŠKO

Slovakia takes the Security Council chair

On February 1, Slovakia took the chairmanship of the Security Council at the United Nations. Even though this doesn't mean we will be masters of the planet for the next month, for a country that is not yet out of its diapers in terms of age, it was a big day.

On February 1, Slovakia took the chairmanship of the Security Council at the United Nations. Even though this doesn't mean we will be masters of the planet for the next month, for a country that is not yet out of its diapers in terms of age, it was a big day.

Ambassador Peter Burian now leads a body whose resolutions are legally binding on all members of the UN. He leads a Council that alone can authorize the use of force in global politics. For a month Slovakia will be the spokesman of the most important body in global diplomacy, which is a matter of both prestige and responsibility.

As a non-permanent member of the Council since January 2006, Slovakia under Burian's leadership has been doing very good work, work which has brought with it both recognition and standing, to an extent that some permanent members have found unwarranted. The Slovak representative, for example, will no longer lead the Committee for Supervising the Observance of Sanctions on North Korea, because China has objected. Russia on the other hand has objected to a Slovak representative becoming a member of the Committee for Monitoring Sanctions on Iran. Prime Minister Fico, who is to visit both countries soon, should do his best to discover the reasons for these objections, given that they are rather unusual on the Council.

By becoming a member and now chairman of the UN Security Council, Slovakia has strengthened its position as a respected and trusted member of the international community. Judging from the objections of China and Russia, Slovakia is also proving itself to be a strong supporter of the values and interests of the trans-Atlantic community.


Sme, February 1

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