Miroslav Lajcak

Belorussian reforms so far "cosmetic," says Slovak foreign minister

Belorussian reforms so far "cosmetic," says Slovak foreign minister Minsk - Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak on Monday criticised reforms enacted so far by Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko as "cosmetic."

Lajcak made the remarks in the capital of Minsk after meetings with leaders of the Belarusian opposition. A thawing of relations between Lukashenko and the European Union, initiated by Brussels in May in hopes of developing democracy in Belarus, was not showing sufficient results, he said.

Slovak foreign minister says Hungary ignored "rules" on visit

Miroslav LajcakRiga  - Slovakia's Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak on Thursday called an attack on his country's embassy in Budapest a "criminal act" and criticised the Hungarian government's handling of a diplomatic spat that erupted after Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom was denied entry to Slovakia last Friday.

Speaking after talks with Latvian Foreign Minister Maris Riekstins in Riga, Lajcak said Slovakia and Hungary had "similar views on 95 per cent of issues" but different views on some aspects of history.




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