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by Euro Reporter
2008-02-06 09:40:51
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Meeting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dimitrij Rupel met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour. They talked mainly about the situation of human rights in the world, and in this respect Minister Rupel underlined the "need for drawing attention to this issue". They also commented on cooperation between the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the EU, more specifically, the Slovenian EU Council Presidency.

Minister Rupel explained to High Commissioner Arbour that through the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union will also enter into force. According to the Minister this will "provide more support for human rights in terms of norms and concepts".
As part of the meeting, Minister Rupel presented the Slovenian EU Council Presidency priorities: the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, the Lisbon Strategy, the energy-climate package, intercultural dialogue and the EU policy towards the Western Balkans. As regards human rights, Minister Rupel explained that during its presidency, Slovenia will draw special attention to children in armed conflict, gender equality, freedom of religion and belief, and respect for human rights in the fight against terrorism.

It looks like the Slovenian government has taken very seriously one of the fundamental rules of the EU, the protection of the human rights internationally and since Slovenia is one of the countries that have experience due to former regimes it will be a good ambassador and protector.

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Congratulated Mr. Boris Tadic on his victory


The Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and President of the European Council, Mr. Janez Jansa, congratulated Mr. Boris Tadic on his victory in the Serbian presidential elections, and wished him every success in discharging that office in future.

Prime Minister Janez Jansa emphasized that the outcome of the Serbian presidential elections should also be understood as the reflection of the wishes and resolve of democratic forces to further Serbia on its path towards membership of the European Union. Mr. Jansa expressed his firm belief that Serbia would very soon succeed in meeting the criteria required in order to proceed along this path.

By inviting Serbia to sign a Political Agreement recently, the European Union had given a clear message that it counted on a European Serbia, which would, as a factor of stability and good cooperation in the region, soon be set to take the next steps towards full integration into Europe. Prime Minister Janez Jansa assured Serbian President Boris Tadić that Serbia could continue to count on Slovenia’s support in this regard. He also expressed his wish to see the comprehensive ties between the two countries strengthened further.

Slovenia can understand the issues Serbia has to go through for a better future and especially for a better future inside Europe than anybody else, after all they were both in the same republic a few years ago and both had to go through the same dark political tunnel.

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A visit from Israel


Yona Metzger, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, concluded his two day visit to Slovenia with meetings with Prime Minister Janez Jansa, President Danilo Tuerk and Maribor Archbishop and Metropolitan Franc Kramberger. Metzger also visited the Maribor synagogue. Jansa highlighted the importance of Jewish culture for Europe and told the visiting rabbi that the Slovenian government would declare 27 January Holocaust Memorial Day.

The pair also discussed intercultural dialogue, with Metzger expressing his support for the Slovenian initiative to establish a Euro-Mediterranean University based in Slovenia. Metzger hopes that Jewish scholars will play an active role in the project. The pair also discussed the situation in Middle East and expressed support for international community's peace efforts.

   
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