FOREIGN Minister Miroslav Lajčák discussed Slovakia’s stance on the formulation of a new Strategic Concept by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with Marie Gervais-Vidricaire, a member of NATO’s Group of Experts and a Canadian diplomat, on April 20.
Lajčák provided Vidricaire with Slovakia’s positions regarding issues under discussion within the alliance.
He said that most important for Slovakia are trustworthiness in the preparation process of the Strategic Concept, the need for consensus among member states in discussion of its final form and an emphasis on closer cooperation between NATO and the European Union, as well as a concept article dealing with solidarity of members in case of an attack on any of them, the SITA newswire reported.
Lajčák also pointed out the importance of a thorough and clear definition of the alliance’s relation with Russia.
Members of the Group of Experts have been visiting individual NATO member states to gather opinions and stances to the new strategic document being developed by the alliance.
26. Apr 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff