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Gašparovič gives speech at UN General Assembly

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič held a speech in New York, at the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 24. He focused mostly on the situation in Syria and positioned himself against a military intervention.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič held a speech in New York, at the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 24. He focused mostly on the situation in Syria and positioned himself against a military intervention.

He said, quoted by the SITA newswire, that if one thoroughly considers the potential impacts of a military intervention in Syria, it is obvious that this conflict has just one good solution, a diplomatic one. He called on to use compromise solutions.

Gašparovič called the current crisis in Syria a test of resolve and on the ability to react effectively. He called the inability of the UN Security Council to act effectively disquieting, adding that the UN should secure access to humanitarian aid for civilians, punish crimes against humanity and support a ceasefire and negotiations about a stable post-conflict arrangement.

Gašparovič stressed that Slovakia condemns the use of chemical weapons and requires those who use them to be punished by the International Criminal Court.

Originally, the United States had proposed a military intervention against the Syrian regime of President Basher Assad, accusing it of using chemical weapons against civilians. Later, Russia and the United States agreed on disposing of the chemical arms under international auspices by the end of 2014.

In his address Gašparovič also looked back at 20 years of Slovakia’s membership in the UN and presented Slovak positions on the topical issues of international community, the TASR newswire wrote.

(Source: SITA, TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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