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State Secretary Korčok at meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels: “We support the expansion of NATO because it brings greater stability and security. However, the countries must meet the conditions laid down.”

State Secretary Korčok at meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels: “We support the expansion of NATO because it brings greater stability and security. However, the countries must meet the conditions laid down.”

6.12.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, attended the periodic autumn meeting of foreign ministers of NATO-member countries in Brussels on 5-6 December 2017. The deliberations were dominated by the theme of NATO’s continuing adaptation and preparations for next year’s summit. During the introductory deliberations the foreign ministers and state secretaries from NATO-member countries along with their departmental counterparts from Finland and Sweden and with participation of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, engaged in discussions to strengthen EU-NATO cooperation. “It is a necessity for us that the EU and NATO, with 22 common members, engage in the tightest possible cooperation, especially in the area of defence. We cannot allow that the requirements placed on our soldiers be different within NATO from those within the EU. We stated during the discussions that progress has been made in fulfilling the measures that we adopted a year ago and concurrently we adopted new areas for cooperation for the closest upcoming period. We are satisfied that our priorities have also been included in the list,” noted State Secretary Korčok.


The ministerial program then continued with a strategic discussion of global security threats for the Alliance, including DPRK’s nuclear and missile program. They also delved into the issue of continuing the NATO-Russia political dialogue. Korčok stated: “The dialogue with Russia needs to continue in spite of disagreements. We want to engage in a political discussion with Russia on themes of common interest while we concurrently implement the agreed steps to increase our own defence capabilities. These things are not in a conflict”.
 
The second day of the meeting of the NATO foreign ministers was busy with discussions of the security situation in NATO’s neighbourhood, in North Africa, in the Middle East, in the Western Balkans and in the Black Sea area. During deliberations of the NATO-Georgia Commission the allies and the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Mikheil Janelidze, evaluated the intensive cooperation with Georgia that is among the closest partners of NATO. The following discussion of the ministers and state secretaries focused on the threats in the southern neighbourhood where NATO has been becoming increasingly active in fighting against terrorism, including the training and counselling mission in Iraq where Slovakia was also involved through its de-mining training team at the beginning of November.
 
A key moment of the deliberations was the discussion of NATO’s open door policy and its continuation following this year’s enlargement by Montenegro’s membership. “Montenegro is a recent success and its reform performance can be an inspiration and a mirror for others with membership aspirations,” emphasized State Secretary Korčok. Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia continue striving for NATO membership. Next year’s summit should confirm that these countries, once they have met the conditions, may become members of the Alliance. “We want to say clearly to the citizens of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia that the Alliance reckons with them. We support NATO enlargement because it brings more stability and security. If these countries meet the conditions, their membership is in our interest as well,” added Korčok.

 

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