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Federal Council orders freeze of any assets held by former Tunisian President Ben Ali in Switzerland

19.01.2011 — Press release EDA
At its meeting today, the Federal Council decided to freeze with immediate effect any assets that might be held in Switzerland by the former Tunisian President and his associates. By doing so, the Federal Council wishes to avoid any and all risk of the embezzlement of property belonging to the Tunisian state. The Tunisian authorities now have the opportunity to request legal assistance in criminal matters from Switzerland.


Report on the state of work on looted art during the National Socialist era

17.01.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Office of Culture (FOC) is publishing on behalf of the Federal Council the "FDHA/FDFA Report on the State of Work on looted Art during the National Socialist era, in particular, on the subject of provenance research". The document, published on the Internet includes the summary of a survey of Swiss museums on the state of provenance research as well as the results of the "Holocaust Era Assets Conference" in Prague.


Official working visit by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs

13.01.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey today received the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini, who is paying an official working visit to Bern. Their talks focused on a number of bilateral issues. This year Switzerland and Italy are celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relations.


FDFA concerned by events in Tunisia

12.01.2011 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) wishes to express its concern regarding the events that have occurred in recent days in Tunisia. The Department would appeal for dialogue and respect for human rights, including the freedoms of speech and association.


Switzerland registers its candidature for the UN Security Council for 2023-24

12.01.2011 — Press release EDA
Today, the Federal Council has decided to register Switzerland on the list of candidates of the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2023-2024. Membership of the Security Council would give Switzerland an additional instrument to represent its interests and to achieve its foreign policy objectives. The Federal Council’s decision was preceded by in-depth consultations with the Parliamentary Foreign Policy Committees.


New Year’s reception for the diplomatic corps

12.01.2011 — Press release EDA
President Micheline Calmy-Rey today, 12 January 2011, greeted representatives of the diplomatic corps in Switzerland at the traditional New Year’s reception at the Federal Palace.


Sudan: The political situation and Switzerland’s commitment

11.01.2011 — Press release EDA
The people of Southern Sudan are voting this week on the question of whether they wish to secede or remain part of Sudan. At the same time, negotiations are in progress on how the Northern and Southern parts of the country are to co-exist following the referendum: either as one nation or as neighbouring countries.


Reconstruction in Haiti with Swiss aid

10.01.2011 — Press release EDA
A year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the reconstruction effort is gaining momentum. But there are still ruins everywhere in the Port-au-Prince region and hundreds of thousands are still living in emergency shelters. After the largest emergency relief operation in its history, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is now involved in several reconstruction projects. Today, the SDC is laying the foundation stone for the first permanent school building after the earthquake.


Demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel in East Jerusalem

10.01.2011 — Press release EDA
The demolition of the old Shepherd’s Hotel and the project for the construction of a new settlement in East Jerusalem in its stead are in violation of International Law and undermine efforts to resume peace negotiations.


50 years

06.01.2011 — EDA
6 January 2011 marks 50 years of Switzerland representing American interests in Cuba. Switzerland accepted the mandate in 1961 following the Cuban revolution which led to the break-off of relations between Cuba and the US.


The FDFA condemns the attack in Alexandria

03.01.2011 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) condemns the attack carried out on the night of New Year’s Eve in front of a Coptic church in Alexandria, in which at least 21 people lost their lives.


Marty Report on Kosovo: Switzerland calls for legal steps

17.12.2010 — Press release EDA
Mandated by the Council of Europe, Dick Marty has compiled a report on the inhuman treatment of persons and trafficking in human organs in Kosovo. The report contains serious allegations based on the testimony of numerous witnesses and other evidence. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) calls on the countries concerned and notably on Kosovo to help clarify these allegations. The authorities responsible, including the international authorities, must take the necessary steps to review the available evidence. The FDFA is financing Swiss experts in the framework of the EU Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo; they are active in the War Crimes Investigation Unit. The FDFA expects EULEX to continue with the relevant investigations.

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