Defence Minister Ľubomír Galko (SaS) and Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic (KDH) ceremoniously unveiled a monument on Monday, November 15 dedicated to all fallen Slovak soldiers who fought at the Soca front [more commonly known as the Isonzo front] in Slovenia, the TASR newswire wrote.
"We're the last country to commemorate the soldiers who fought at this front in WWI. I'm glad to say that we managed to pay the historical debt we had towards not only the Slovak people and history but also to our soldiers, many of whom fell abroad during WWI," said Galko, adding that the fighting at the Soca front lasted from 1915-1917. The enemy was Italy, which had just switched sides in the war. Both Slovakia and Slovenia were part of the Austro-Hungarian empire until the end of WWI, when Slovakia became part of the first republic of Czechoslovakia and Slovenia part of the newly-emergent Yugoslavia.
Meanwhile Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda was in Montenegro and said that Slovakia is a role model that offers strong motivation for Montenegro in its EU integration efforts. Dzurinda was meeting with the top representatives of Montenegro in the country's capital Podgorica.
"Not only do they view us as a partner, but I can also say that they view us as an example for them," Dzurinda told TASR. Dzurinda went for an official visit to Montenegro on November 14 to discuss bilateral co-operation, particularly in economic areas. He is the first foreign affairs minister of an EU-member country to visit Montenegro following a decision of the European Commission on November 9 to recommend that Montenegro be granted candidate status in its bid to join the EU.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Nov 2010 at 14:00