Namibia's transition to independence, after having been under the control of South Africa since 1920, was negotiated in Geneva under the auspices of the UN and was supported by Switzerland. The Federal Council recognised the new country upon its independence in 1990.
In 1988 Switzerland played host in Geneva to the negotiations on Angola and Namibia. It then lent its support to the UN peace plan and sent a medical unit of 155 members to Namibia followed by a team of election observers.
The SDC coordination office, which opened in 1989 in connection with that mission, was transformed into a consulate general following independence; this was closed, however, in 1996.
Namibia, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)
Diplomatic documents of Switzerland, Dodis