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Slovakia takes over Council of Europe presidency

SLOVAKIA will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of Europe (CE) ministerial committee for the first time next month.

The Slovak Foreign Ministry press department told The Slovak Spectator that Slovakia will hold the presidency from November 12 to mid-May 2008.

During Slovakia's rotating presidency, Foreign Affairs Minister Ján Kubiš will preside over the CE Ministerial Committee. The Slovak ambassador to the CE, Emil Kuchár, will lead meetings of the CE committee of deputy ministers.

Slovakia's priorities for the presidency include pushing the Council of Europe to be more active in relation to Belarus, Moldova and the Western Balkans. Slovakia also plans to promote better cooperation between the council and other international organisations.

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