President Ivan Gašparovič appointed career diplomat Miroslav Lajčák as Slovakia’s new Foreign Affairs Minister on Monday, January 26. Lajčák has replaced Ján Kubiš, who left to become the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, the TASR newswire wrote.
Kubiš was appointed to his new post by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on December 19. He was due to begin his new job in mid-January, but this was delayed by the gas crisis in Slovakia that was triggered by the dispute between Ukraine and Russia earlier in January. Although he has become a member of the Slovak Cabinet, Lajčák is still the UN and EU representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the moment. On January 27 he will attend a session of the Peace Implementation Council in Sarajevo during which the selection of his successor will be discussed. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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