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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.



Federal Council approves the 2010 Foreign Policy Report

13.12.2010 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 10 December 2010, the Federal Council approved the 2010 Foreign Policy Report. The report gives a complete overview of Switzerland’s foreign policy. In particular it shows how Switzerland can exercise an influence in today’s interconnected international environment and the instruments available to it for this purpose. In addition, this comprehensive document renders account of Switzerland’s most important foreign policy activities from mid-2009 to mid-2010.



The seed has germinated: Swiss development cooperation in the agricultural sector is having effects

07.12.2010 — Press release EDA
Switzerland’s development cooperation in the agricultural sector is bearing fruit. The nearly CHF 1.2 billion deployed between 2003 and 2008 have helped to increase the production and the productivity of family-run agricultural enterprises, improve framework conditions for trade, and optimise the value chain between producers and consumers. Each year, Swiss humanitarian aid also helps several million people in critical situations. These are some of the conclusions of the joint report of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) on the effectiveness of Swiss development cooperation in the agricultural sector.


Swiss fire-fighting engagement in Israel successful

07.12.2010 — Press release EDA
With international assistance, the widespread fires that claimed 42 lives in northern Israel have been put out. The three Swiss helicopters that were deployed are standing by in case they are needed again. Overall, however, the international aid operation has been concluded. In a ceremony of thanks, the Israeli government recognized the achievements of helpers from 15 countries.

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