Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák signed the Arms Trade Treaty at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday, June 10, the Foreign Ministry told the TASR newswire. Slovakia has become the 72nd signatory of the treaty, which is aimed at regulating and monitoring international trade and transfer of arms and military equipment.
On this occasion Lajčák met Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel Patricia O'Brien and UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, with whom he discussed issues pertaining to arms control, disarmament and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Lajčák confirmed Slovakia's full commitment and support for the UN's efforts in this agenda.
Lajčák also met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Monday to discuss the possibilities of further development of relations between Slovakia and the UN especially in priority areas of Slovakia's foreign policy. The UN official recognised Slovakia's contribution to the UN and pointed to the respect that Slovakia as a stable partner has earned over the past 20 years. The UN particularly acknowledges Slovakia's comprehensive cooperation in Cyprus, Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Western Balkans, said Ban Ki-moon.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Jun 2013 at 10:00