OSCE chair, Slovak FM visited occupation line before coming to Tbilisi

  • Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak has visited Georgia on his first official trip as OSCE chairperson in 2019. Photo: Miroslav Lajcak twitter page.

Agenda.ge, 11 Feb 2019 - 11:03, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Chair of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, has visited the occupation line in Georgia yesterday before starting his official meetings in the capital of Tbilisi.

Lajcak tweeted that he himself wanted to see the situation at the line, which crosses through the occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region and  the rest of Georgia, as the region, similar to the Georgian region of Abkhazia, is currently occupied by Russia.

Lajcak is scheduled to meet with top Georgian figures and the opposition today.

Slovakia took over the chairmanship of OSCE in 2019 in January this year, and unveiled an “ambitious but realistic” agenda in the role, which mentions Georgia.

Slovakia said that one of its initial priorities in the OSCE will be to “prevent new conflicts from breaking out [and] mediate existing ones and mitigate their humanitarian consequences”.

At the same time, attention must be focused on conflict resolution efforts regarding the conflicts of Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh and in Georgia,” Slovakia says.

Click to see the full programme of the Slovak OSCE chairmanship 2019.