Pahor hods several bilateral meetings in Munich

Munich – President Borut Pahor held several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, focussing on the Ukraine crisis, including with his Finish and Montenegrin counterparts.

Pahor and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö expressed concern over the security crisis in Ukraine. They agreed that the conflict should be solved in a peaceful way and through diplomacy.

The talks with Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović focussed on the process of Montenegro’s EU accession, which they agreed should be faster and more active.

They exchanged views on the situation in the Western Balkans and the escalating Russian-Ukrainian tensions. The pair agreed that it was understandable that the Ukrainian crisis was in the centre of attention at the moment but stressed that the situation in the Western Balkans should be monitored with concern as well and addressed on time.

On the first day of the conference, Pahor met Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian to discuss the ongoing talks on a new international agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme.

Pahor said everything should be done for an agreement to be reached, as this would bring big relief in a time that is already full of uncertainty.

The Slovenian president also held talks with High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt. They exchanged view on the situation in the country and the entire Western Balkan region.

Pahor said this was a prime geopolitical and security issue, which was why he has been striving for a much faster EU enlargement process. This is crucial for peace and security in the region, he said.

The Munich Security Conference that started on Friday continues today with over 30 political leaders expected until Sunday. Apart from Pahor, Slovenia will also be represented by Foreign Minister Anže Logar and Defence Minister Matej Tonin.

Pahor called for dialogue and a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis in a statement for public broadcaster RTV Slovenija as he arrived on Friday. “I think we must focus all our know-how, power and political will on dialogue and a peaceful solution to this crisis,” he said.

The president assessed that Russia would pay a high price both politically and morally for a potential military intervention in Ukraine, although “maintaining peace also costs the West a lot”. He reiterated that in a statement for the press today.