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OSCE Minorities Commissioner Vollebaek to visit Slovakia

Knut Vollebaek, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, will visit Slovakia on February 10 and 11 to discuss Roma and Hungarian ethnic minority issues, spokesman of the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry Ján Škoda told the TASR newswire on Monday.

Knut Vollebaek, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, will visit Slovakia on February 10 and 11 to discuss Roma and Hungarian ethnic minority issues, spokesman of the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry Ján Škoda told the TASR newswire on Monday.

On Tuesday, Vollebaek will meet Deputy Premier for Human Rights and Minorities Dušan Čaplovič for a working breakfast to discuss the situation of ethnic minorities living in Slovakia today. According to Čaplovič's spokesperson Erika Adamová, Čaplovič wants to focus on Roma, Jews and Hungarians. Vollebaek will also meet with Culture Minister Marek Maďarič and Education Minister Ján Mikolaj.

Later, the Commissioner is to meet Slovakia's new Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák, Slovak Ombudsman Pavel Kandráč, Government Proxy for Roma communities Anina Botošová and László Nagy (SMK), chairman of the parliamentary committee for human rights, nationalities and the status of women. In Komárno Vollebaek will meet the town's representatives as well as representatives of Janos Selye University and of Hungarian ethnic minority during his visit. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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