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US civil proceedings against UBS: Switzerland and the USA reach settlement

12.08.2009 — Press release EDA
The out-of-court settlement sought in the US civil proceedings against UBS has been reached. The details of the arrangement were worked out between Switzerland and the USA over the last few days. The judge was informed during a telephone conference on Wednesday. The settlement now has to be signed by both states.



US civil proceedings against UBS: Stay extended once again

07.08.2009 — Press release EDA
The out-of-court settlement being sought in the US civil proceedings against UBS has not yet been achieved. The stay in proceedings will therefore be extended for a further week until Monday, 17 August. The court in Miami approved a motion by both parties to that effect on Friday.


Opening of an Embassy in Nepal: under the Banner of 50 Years of Cooperation

06.08.2009 — Press release EDA
On 17 August 2009, Switzerland will celebrate 50 years of development cooperation with Nepal. The occasion will also be marked by the opening of a new Swiss Embassy in Kathmandu. Today, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs presented the highlights of its activities in Nepal.


Working visit of Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey in the USA

31.07.2009 — Press release EDA
In the framework of her official working visit to the USA, Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, met the American Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for talks in Washington today.


Switzerland’s third country report submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

28.07.2009 — Press release EDA
On 27 July 2009, Switzerland presented to the responsible UN committee in New York its latest report on the measures it has taken to implement the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women of 1979 (CEDAW). The Swiss delegation comprised representatives of the federal administration and a representative of the cantons.


Switzerland calls for an end to Israeli settlements

23.07.2009 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is deeply concerned about the destruction of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem near the old town and by the planned evictions. It calls on the Israeli government to end these operations immediately and to put a stop to all forms of settlement of the occupied Palestinian territory. It has passed on this request directly to the Israeli authorities.


Bomb attacks in Indonesia

17.07.2009 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs condemns in the strongest terms the bomb attacks carried out today, 17 July 2009, at two hotels in Jakarta which claimed numerous innocent victims.


Switzerland is forced to unfreeze Mobutu assets

16.07.2009 — Press release EDA
On 14 July 2009, the Federal Criminal Court rejected a complaint regarding the Mobutu assets. In these circumstances and in accordance with the Federal Council decision of 30 April 2009, there is no alternative but to end the freezing of these assets. The FDFA has informed the banks and the parties concerned. The FDFA deplores this outcome, which ends twelve years of freezing of the assets in which all options to come to a fair solution were attempted. This case underlines the need to adapt the Swiss legal framework.


US – UBS Tax Case: Joint Motion to Stay the Court Proceedings

13.07.2009 — Press release EDA
Today, the US Government and UBS, with the support of the Swiss Government, filed a joint motion to stay the civil litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami. The parties asked the judge to stay the proceedings for 15 days in order to achieve a settlement. The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Federal Department for Foreign Affairs who have conducted the talks leading to the motion for a stay support this step. Further information is not available as the already ongoing settlement negotiations between the US and Swiss governments are confidential.


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