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Kubiš: I'm staying as Foreign Affairs Minister at PM's request

Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Ján Kubiš has said he will stay in his position for an indefinite period at Prime Minister Robert Fico's request in order to help tackle the current gas crisis.

Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Ján Kubiš has said he will stay in his position for an indefinite period at Prime Minister Robert Fico's request in order to help tackle the current gas crisis.

In December Kubiš had announced his intention to resign in order to take up a post at the UN. But the TASR newswire reported that at a New Year's meeting of diplomats in Slovakia hosted by President Ivan Gašparovič on Tuesday Kubiš confirmed that he would stay on for now. He added that he expected that this would mean him remaining foreign minister for a week or two.

Referring to the gas crisis and talks with Russia, Ukraine and the EU, he said his delayed departure would mean "we don't have to start [negotiations] from the beginning on all the important issues that relate to us in connection with the [energy] crisis."

"When we, together with the prime minister and the president, conclude that it is the right time for me to take up my new post [in the UNECE in Geneva], I will do so. I count on about ten days," Kubiš added. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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