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50 years

26.01.2011 — Press release 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.


Swiss President Calmy-Rey on official visit to Berlin

24.01.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey travelled on Monday 24 January on a first official foreign visit to Berlin. She was received with military honours by President Christian Wulff and met for talks with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Rainer Brüderle, Federal Minister for Economics and Technology.


Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey on official visit to Berlin

19.01.2011 — Press release EDA
Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey will travel on Monday 24 January on a first official foreign visit to Berlin. She will meet for talks with German Federal President Christian Wulff, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Rainer Brüderle, Federal Minister for Economics and Technology.


Federal Council orders freezing of any assets held by Laurent Gbagbo in Switzerland

19.01.2011 — Press release EDA
Any assets that might be held by the President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, in Switzerland, are frozen with immediate effect. The decision was taken by the Federal Council at its meeting today. Switzerland's financial centre should not be used as a place of safety for assets that may have been acquired illegally by Gbagbo, who was defeated in Ivory Coast's recent elections.


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.

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