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Lajčák leads delegation to EU Council Session

Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák is leading the Slovak delegation at the regular session of the EU's General Affairs and External Relations Council on May 18 and 19 in Brussels, ministry spokesman Ján Škoda told the TASR newswire.

Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák is leading the Slovak delegation at the regular session of the EU's General Affairs and External Relations Council on May 18 and 19 in Brussels, ministry spokesman Ján Škoda told the TASR newswire.

“This session will also include a meeting of ministers engaged in development aid and EU-member countries' defence ministers,” said Škoda, as quoted by TASR.

The foreign affairs ministers and defence ministers will discuss political aspects of the EU's EUFOR-ALTHEA mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Atalanta maritime operation off Somalia's coast to thwart the rampant piracy there.

Additionally, the ministers for development aid will discuss support for developing countries during this time of global economic crisis, trans-Atlantic co-operation in the area of development aid, and agreements on economic partnership between the countries of western Africa and the EU, wrote TASR.

The ministers will pay special attention to the situation in Iran, Georgia, Moldova, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Discussions will also include measures against illegal immigration via the Mediterranean Sea.

Within the general part of the session, the ministers will prepare the agenda for the European Council session in June, which is expected to deal with the Treaty of Lisbon, the current economic and social situation and preparations for the Copenhagen Conference on climate change.

Included in the discussions on external relations, the ministers will talk about preparations for the EU-Russia summit due to take place in the Russian city of Khabarovsk between May 21 and 22. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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