"We know how to pull together" - A boat journey to remember the Slovak National Uprising

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

Ministers of Defence of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, military and states' administration representatives, and guests, met on the Moldau River in Prague on 6 September 2012 to mark the 68th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising and confirm exceptional relations of both countries.

Participants of the meeting aboard the Europe Boat did not speak only about common history. In his informal speach, Slovak Minister of Defence Martin Glvac said that the division of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic almost 20 years ago had been the divorce of two intelligent partners.

"I believe, and it is proven also by participants of this trip, that we can communicate to each other and have really above-standard relations - may be better than ten years ago," Minister Glvac said in response to words of Premysl Sobotka, 1st Vice-President of the Czech Senate, who said that the Czech Republic and Slovakia could speak together about anything regardless of a government in power.

Czech Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra said he was looking forward to an October joint session of both governments, and, in the river cruise he had found a parallel to situation of Czechs and Slovaks in present Europe. "Soon it will be twenty years that we have lived separately. But the symbol, that we are aboard the same ship and could either drown or survive, lasts. In important issues we know how to pull together, and I believe, that we will make it also together in present turbulent waters of Europe.“

Discussing military issues, Minister Vondra said both ministers had tasked their Chiefs of General Staff to debate cooperation in the area of L-159 ALCA aircraft.

Czech and Slovak traditional gathering was also a place of informal exchange of views and opinions on both military and political issues.

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Posted: September 10, 2012