STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON
OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On meeting the Deputy Foreign Minister of Slovakia

United Nations General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim met today with H.E. Olga Algayerova, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Slovakia. The Deputy Minister expressed her Government’s support for the work of the President during the current General Assembly session especially as regards his efforts to advance on reforms related to the work and composition of the Security Council and to UN management practices.

The President and the Deputy Minister discussed Slovakia’s involvement in current United Nations activities, including especially Slovakia’s increased interest as a newly emerging donor in development assistance efforts. In light of the President’s recent visit to the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia during his trip to Turkmenistan, they also discussed the appointment of Slovak Diplomat Miroslav Jenca to head the Centre.

The President expressed his appreciation for Slovakia’s active involvement in the work of the General Assembly, and for the country’s efforts to advance on the priority issues of the current session. In this regard he especially thanked the Deputy Minister for her Government’s pledge to substantially increase Slovakia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the coming years.

New York
30 April 2008

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