FOREIGN troops entering the territory of Ukraine without the mandate of a respective international organisation represent a breach of international law, Slovakia’s three top constitutional officials agreed during their meeting on March 3.
President Ivan Gašparovič, Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška and Prime Minister Robert Fico met on March 3 to discuss the situation in Ukraine, particularly the Crimea region where tension escalated over the first weekend in March.
President Gašparovič noted that Slovakia took the same stance in the case of Kosovo.
“We said it in the past, in connection with Kosovo, as well as Iraq, and we are saying it now too, in connection with Ukraine,” PM Fico said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. He added that in the name of the Slovak government he believes that this breach of international law will be solved calmly and noted that an important agreement will have to be struck among the involved players.
Slovakia wants to coordinate its stances with its partners in the EU, Fico noted.
“I do not rule out that as early as this week the European Council will convene,” Fico said, as quoted by TASR, adding that the extraordinary council should be devoted to Ukraine but it is questionable whether the countries of the EU will be able to take a uniform stance.
“So far no international organisation, be it the UN or NATO, was able to take a clear stance on the events happening in Ukraine at the moment,” Fico said.
He emphasised that the countries of the Visegrad Group are preparing a common stance on Ukraine.
Slovakia will not withdraw its ambassador from Moscow for the time being.
“I’ve been in politics for 22 years and I am not here to make unnecessary gestures for the sake of [making] gestures,” Fico said, as quoted by the Sme daily.
Source: TASR, Sme
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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4. Mar 2014 at 10:00