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President Gašparovič attends UN General Assembly in New York

Afghanistan remains the highest-level military operation abroad for Slovakia, Slovakia’s President Ivan Gašparovič told the 67th UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, September 25.

Afghanistan remains the highest-level military operation abroad for Slovakia, Slovakia’s President Ivan Gašparovič told the 67th UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, September 25.

"Our units will stay in Afghanistan as long as necessary," he said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. He continued to say that security and stability also depend on a stable economy. "Therefore we want to increase our assistance in the area of development aid. Afghanistan continues to be one of the three priority beneficiaries of Slovakia's official development aid," the president stated. "Afghanistan remains our top military foreign operative priority. Our forces will remain in the country while necessary," he said.

Gašparovič told the UN that Slovakia takes seriously its moral duty to help to developing countries and countries in need. The Slovak president went on to say that Slovakia is prepared to cooperate with partners with the aim of maximising the efficiency of UN operations in the economic, social, environmental and other spheres.

"We have to find a common goal – to make the UN an effective organisation playing a central part in a new international environment," said the president, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that a clear vision and the political will of all UN members is needed in order for the organisation to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The president also broached the topic of arms control and disarmament, stating that these are key to the formation of a safe and stable world and would facilitate further global development.

Sources: SITA, TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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