Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák took part in the 10th United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Monday, March 2, the Foreign Affairs Ministry told the TASR newswire on the same day. Lajčák stressed the importance of the Council's role as a supporter of mutual respect and the protection of human rights and freedoms.
He also was meeting with the personal representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Conference on Disarmament, Sergei Ordzhonikidze; the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay; the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, Supachai Panitchpakdi; and the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), Ján Kubiš.
The focus of the talks will be co-operation between Slovakia and international organisations with special emphasis on measures to tackle the current global economic crisis.
Lajčák is also expected to meet his Macedonian counterpart, Antonio Milososky. The 47 members of the UN Human Rights Council elected Slovakia to membership in the body by a secret vote on May 21, 2008. Slovakia's membership will be for three years from June 2008 until June 2011. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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