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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.

First report of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Fighting Corruption (last modification, the 20.04.2011)

20.04.2011 — Press release EDA
On Wednesday, the Federal Council approved the first report of the Interdepartmental Working Group (IDWG) on Fighting Corruption. This assessment of the current situation with regard to national and international activities to fight corruption confirms the high standard of integrity and resistance against corruption in Switzerland. At the same time, room for improvement was identified in some less central areas such as dealing with conflicts of interest and transparency. The report also states that the emerging markets should be held more strictly to account at the international level.

The Federal Council approves a contribution to a health programme in Lithuania

20.04.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has decided to allocate CHF 45.6 million to a programme for improvement of maternity and child care in Lithuania as part of Switzerland's enlargement contribution to the newly acceded EU countries. It will be jointly financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

World Malaria Day - Exhibition opened by Martin Dahinden, Director-General of the SDC

19.04.2011 — Press release EDA
Malaria affects two billion people across the world and takes the lives of a million children each year. In spite of the progress that has been made, it remains a serious obstacle to development. An exhibition in Bern which aims to raise public awareness will be opened on 26 April in the presence of Martin Dahinden, Director-General of the SDC. This event has been organised in conjunction with World Malaria Day.

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