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The President of the Confederation to attend the Council of Europe conference in Istanbul

06.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, will attend the annual meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Istanbul next Tuesday, 10 May 2011. The main items on the agenda will be challenges in dealing with cultural diversity, integrating foreigners and minorities, and the European neighbourhood policy. In the margin of the meeting, the Swiss President will have talks with the Turkish President, Abdullah Gül.

Switzerland hosts the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

05.05.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will be represented by a top-level delegation at the United Nations Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which will take place from 8 to 13 May 2011 in Geneva. This will be the third time that Switzerland hosts the Platform, which will bring together more than 2,000 representatives of governments, parliaments, international organisations, the scientific community, civil society and the private sector from around the world to discuss the subject of protection against natural disasters. Disaster risk reduction has traditionally been a priority of Swiss humanitarian action.

Official visit of Mr YANG Jiechi, Chinese Foreign Minister

05.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey received YANG Jiechi, Chinese Foreign Minister, at the Lohn Country Residence in Kehrsatz for an official working visit. The two Ministers reviewed various bilateral and international issues. The meeting was followed by an excursion to Spiez and Lake Thun.

The Federal Council condemns the use of force against the Libyan people and has blocked any assets held by Moammar Gaddafi in Switzerland

03.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council strongly condemns the use of force by the Libyan ruler against the people. It would like to express its condolences to the victims’ families. In view of the developments, the Federal Council has decided with immediate effect to block any assets in Switzerland of Moammar Gaddafi and those who are closely associated to him. In this way, the Federal Council wishes to avoid any risk of embezzlement of any assets belonging to the Libyan state still held in Switzerland.

Unrest in Libya: Switzerland dispatches humanitarian teams

03.05.2011 — Press release EDA
In agreement with the Egyptian and with the Tunisian authorities, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has dispatched one humanitarian aid team to the Egyptian border with Libya and another to the Tunisian border with Libya. Their primary tasks are to clarify needs on the ground and to initiate emergency relief measures.

Sanctions against Libya

03.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has discussed today the implementation of the sanctions against Libya adopted by the UN Security Council. In this context, the Federal Council has amended its Ordinance Against Certain Individuals from Libya of 21 February 2011.

Support for the transition processes

03.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East have changed the power structures in Tunisia and Egypt, and greatly increased pressure on governments in other states to move towards democracy. Switzerland has a clear interest in stable and democratic structures in this region, and in view of this the Federal Council intends to reinforce its commitment and, in addition to providing emergency aid, to resort to additional specific measures to support the transition processes. For emergency aid, in an initial step the sum of 12 million Swiss francs has been budgeted for the financing of programmes and projects, and 14 personnel from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit are to be deployed to the region.

Switzerland acknowledges the UN Security Council resolution on Libya

03.05.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is keeping a close watch on the suffering of the people of Libya. It acknowledges the resolution adopted yesterday by the United Nations Security Council, which provides for a no-fly zone over Libya and other measures, and hopes that rapid implementation of the UN resolution will bring an end to the suffering of the defenceless civilian population in Libya.

Switzerland to support the transition process in North Africa through cooperation in specific fields

03.05.2011 — Press release EDA
At the Regional Ambassadors’ Conference in Tunis, the heads of the Swiss missions and cooperation offices in North Africa and the Middle East discussed concrete forms of cooperation to support the current process of transition in this region. Speaking at the conference in her capacity as head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey declared: “It is in Switzerland’s interests to work together with these countries in order to ensure the political and economic stability of this region.”

Official working visit of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan

03.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey today received the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan at the Lohn Manor in Kehrsatz near Bern for an official working visit. Their talks focused on bilateral relations, for example economic and development cooperation.

Inter-Palestinian reconciliation deal announced

28.04.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland takes positive note of the announcement issued on 27 April 2011 regarding the signing of an inter-Palestinian reconciliation agreement. It also wishes to welcome Egypt’s key role in brokering this deal.

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