Slovakia Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak attending a conference in Munich
Slovakia Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak attending a conference in Munich

Slovakia Foreign Minister resigns over UN migration pact

ANI | Updated: Nov 30, 2018 03:33 IST

Bratislava [Slovakia], Nov 30(ANI): Foreign Minister of Slovakia Miroslav Lajcak resigned from his post here on Thursday in response to the rejection of the United Nations Global Pact on migration">United Nations Global Pact on migration by his country's Parliament.
According to Sputnik, the move came few days after Slovakia's parliament voted against the non-binding agreement outlining an international response to migration. Other countries such as Austria, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland also refused to sign the pact.
90 members of Parliament in the 150-seat National Council of Slovakia voted against the UN migration pact, as they were concerned about the limits it could result in for maintaining an independent migration policy, Sputnik reported.
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is an "intergovernmental negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, [that covers] all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner".
The pact does not allow any country with sovereign rights to decide whom to accept within its territory. It does not even distinguish between legal and illegal migration.
In a response to the 2015 European migration crisis, all members of the United Nations except for the United States this year in July approved the migration pact, aiming to secure the growing tide of international migration. (ANI)

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