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Slovakia made progress in minority issues, OSCE says

Slovakia has improved its relationships with national minorities, said Knut Vollebaek, the High Commissioner for National Minority Issues of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as reported by the SITA newswire.

Slovakia has improved its relationships with national minorities, said Knut Vollebaek, the High Commissioner for National Minority Issues of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as reported by the SITA newswire.

“Relations with minorities are not, however, an exam to be passed, rather it is a process,” Vollebaek said after his meeting on February 10 with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister Dušan Čaplovič.

His OSCE office, aimed at supporting interethnic relations in the areas of education, civil society and media, is willing to help Slovakia in this process, he added as quoted by SITA.

According to Vollebaek, problems in minority issues usually emerge from practical difficulties, such as access to education or language restrictions.

Čaplovič said the position of minorities in Slovakia is standard, sometimes even above-standard. However, there is still room for improvement, reported SITA.

Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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