Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Glváč: Military intelligence services should merge as of January 2013

Slovakia's two existing military intelligence services – the Military Intelligence Service (VSS) and the Military Defence Intelligence (VOS) counter-intelligence service – should merge as of January 2013, Defence Minister Martin Glváč (Smer) said, as reported by the TASR newswire.

Slovakia's two existing military intelligence services – the Military Intelligence Service (VSS) and the Military Defence Intelligence (VOS) counter-intelligence service – should merge as of January 2013, Defence Minister Martin Glváč (Smer) said, as reported by the TASR newswire.

"We have the ambition to do this as soon as possible, as they [the intelligence services] are in a disastrous condition. This will certainly be included in the government manifesto, and if the laws allow it, we aim to do this ... as of January 2013," said Glváč on Wednesday, April 4. The minister said he hoped the merger would save money and re-establish trust in military intelligence activities. Glváč announced he would meet the chief of the General Staff, Peter Vojtek, as early as today (Thursday), one day after his appointment as defence minister, to discuss military strategy.

Glváč confirmed that Slovakia's ambassador to the UN and former ambassador to NATO, Miloš Koterec, will most probably become the new Defence Ministry state secretary. He added that he is not considering replacing Vojtek, who has led the General Staff only since December 2011.

Glváč commented on reports that he previously had contacts with the late Bratislava mafia boss Jozef Svoboda. "I didn't say that I used to meet him, I said that I knew him and knew who he was," Glváč commented.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.