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Switzerland’s third country report submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

28.07.2009 — Press release EDA
On 27 July 2009, Switzerland presented to the responsible UN committee in New York its latest report on the measures it has taken to implement the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women of 1979 (CEDAW). The Swiss delegation comprised representatives of the federal administration and a representative of the cantons.


Switzerland calls for an end to Israeli settlements

23.07.2009 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is deeply concerned about the destruction of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem near the old town and by the planned evictions. It calls on the Israeli government to end these operations immediately and to put a stop to all forms of settlement of the occupied Palestinian territory. It has passed on this request directly to the Israeli authorities.


Bomb attacks in Indonesia

17.07.2009 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs condemns in the strongest terms the bomb attacks carried out today, 17 July 2009, at two hotels in Jakarta which claimed numerous innocent victims.


Switzerland is forced to unfreeze Mobutu assets

16.07.2009 — Press release EDA
On 14 July 2009, the Federal Criminal Court rejected a complaint regarding the Mobutu assets. In these circumstances and in accordance with the Federal Council decision of 30 April 2009, there is no alternative but to end the freezing of these assets. The FDFA has informed the banks and the parties concerned. The FDFA deplores this outcome, which ends twelve years of freezing of the assets in which all options to come to a fair solution were attempted. This case underlines the need to adapt the Swiss legal framework.


US – UBS Tax Case: Joint Motion to Stay the Court Proceedings

13.07.2009 — Press release EDA
Today, the US Government and UBS, with the support of the Swiss Government, filed a joint motion to stay the civil litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami. The parties asked the judge to stay the proceedings for 15 days in order to achieve a settlement. The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Federal Department for Foreign Affairs who have conducted the talks leading to the motion for a stay support this step. Further information is not available as the already ongoing settlement negotiations between the US and Swiss governments are confidential.



Switzerland engages in the Peacebuilding Commission of the United Nations

06.07.2009 — Press release EDA
Ambassador Peter Maurer, Head of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York, was elected on 29 June 2009 to chair the Burundi Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission of the United Nations in New York. As of 1 July 2009, Switzerland takes over from Sweden for a period of one year. Switzerland has been a member of the Configuration since May.



FDFA concerned by political developments in Niger

03.07.2009 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is concerned about the current political situation in Niger. The FDFA deplores the decision of President Tandja to dissolve the Constitutional Court and is deeply concerned by his decision to hold a constitutional referendum on the establishment of a 6th Republic in Niger.


Head of the FDFA meets the initiators of the Geneva Initiative

30.06.2009 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey received today the two initiators of the Geneva Initiative, Yossi Beilin and Yasser Abbed-Rabo. The discussions touched on the progress made in the past few months on annexes to the Geneva Accord which describe in detail the terms of a possible peace agreement.


Meeting between President Merz and the Kyrgyz Prime Minister Chudinov

30.06.2009 — Press release EDA
On 30 June President Merz received the Kyrgyz Prime Minister Igor Chudinov for a courtesy call in Bern. Chudinov subsequently also met Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Martin Dahinden, Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). In addition, Prime Minister Chudinov signed up to a project on business development in the textile sector with the State Secretary for Economic Affairs Jean-Daniel Gerber.


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