Dušan Rozbora, Slovakia’s Ambassador to Norway, will attend the ceremony at which Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo will be awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Ľuboš Schwarzbacher told the TASR newswire on Friday, November 5.
The spokesman also confirmed that the Slovak embassy in Oslo received a note from the Chinese embassy on November 4 which asked European countries not to attend the ceremony on December 10.
Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda in October welcomed the decision to award the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo. Dzurinda earlier this year backed Liu's nomination along with 50 other Slovak MPs.
"It's an extraordinary expression of honour and respect to everyone for whom human rights are indivisible and human freedom is a value of principle," said Dzurinda, adding that his signature under Liu's nomination was an expression of Slovakia's civil tradition and recognition of those persecuted by the Communist regime in Slovakia before 1989.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Nov 2010 at 14:00