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Dealing with the past: essential for all peace processes

15.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Failure to adequately deal with the past can revive conflicts. Switzerland seeks to prevent the resurgence of conflict through its global commitment to helping post-conflict societies make amends. At the annual conference of the FDFA’s Political Affairs Division IV: Human Security, which took place in Bern today, the responsibility of the State was highlighted from various angles. Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, the Head of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict Richard Goldstone and other local and foreign dignitaries attended this public gathering, which drew over 450 participants.

Micheline Calmy-Rey visits Kirghizstan

09.10.2009 — Press release EDA
The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), who arrived yesterday in Bishkek, was today received by the Prime Minister Igor Chudinov and subsequently met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Baktygul Kalambekova.

Signing of Protocols between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey in Zurich

09.10.2009 — Press release EDA
A ceremony to mark the signing of the Protocols between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey will take place tomorrow in Zurich. Armenia’s Foreign Minister, Edouard Nalbandian, and Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, will sign the Protocols in the presence of Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey. The signing ceremony will also be attended by US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, the French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, the Slovenian Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Samuel Zbogar, and the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union, Javier Solana. The signing is the culmination of a mediation process on the part of Switzerland initiated at the request of the parties.

Head of the FDFA visits Uzbekistan

08.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey was received yesterday by the President of Uzbekistan, Mr. Islam Karimov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vladimir Norov. Discussions focussed on bilateral relations and cooperation within multilateral organisations.

New Swiss Embassy in Kazakhstan inaugurated by the head of the FDFA

07.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey was in Kazakhstan on Wednesday on the third leg of her trip to Central Asia. After having been received by Mr. Karim Massimov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, and by Mr. Kanat Saudabaïev, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the head of the FDFA inaugurated the new Swiss Embassy in Astana

Federal Councillor Calmy-Rey holds political talks in Douchanbé

06.10.2009 — Press release EDA
On the second stage of her visit to Central Asia, the head of the FDFA was welcomed by the president of Tajikistan Emomali Rachmon. In the course of her talks with her counterpart foreign minister Mr Hamrokhon Zarifi, she discussed several projects that the two countries have carried out jointly, especially in the area of water management.

The Head of the FDFA commenced her tour of Central Asia with meetings in Turkmenistan

05.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey was welcomed to Ashgabat today by the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, and met the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rashid Meredov. The discussions centred on bilateral relations, the political situation in the region and on the role of Turkmenistan in the energy field.

The Head of the FDFA travels to Central Asia for official working visits

03.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey will leave for Central Asia on Sunday to conduct a series of official working visits. She will travel to Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan where she will be meeting with various governmental representatives of these Central Asian Republics.

Earthquake in Indonesia: Switzerland sends Swiss rescue

02.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Switzerland has responded to an international appeal by the Indonesian government by sending a team of seven experts to Sumatra, Indonesia, to prepare the subsequent measures by Swiss Rescue. From Friday 2 October probably about 120 Swiss Rescue specialists will be deployed in Indonesia.

2009 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Istanbul

02.10.2009 — Press release EDA
President Hans-Rudolf Merz as head of the delegation, State Secretary Jean-Pierre Gerber, SECO Director, and Jean-Pierre Roth, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), will take part in the joint Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group in Istanbul from 3 - 7 October 2009. The most important topics of discussion in the meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) will be the current global economic prospects and the outlook for financial markets. In addition, the Committee will discuss the mandate and the governance of the Monetary Fund. The focus of the discussions in the Development Committee will be an examination of the financial resources and the current governance reforms in the World Bank.

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