Slovakia latest nation to mull opting out of UN migrant compact

Slovakia could soon join the list of countries opting out of a United Nations pact seeking to promote an international approach to safe and orderly migration.

The country’s lawmakers reject the UN pact on Thursday, in a 90-15 vote, saying it is not in line with the country’s policies on migration and security. Parliament asks the government to reject the deal when it likely makes its decision on the document next week.

Slovak leaders are divided over the pact. Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini indicated that his coalition government will not adopt it, but Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak supports it.

Australia, Switzerland, Israel, Austria, Hungary, and Poland have dropped their support for the deal and said they will not attend the meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on December 10-11 to formally approve the compact.

— AP

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