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Consultations on human rights between Switzerland and Russia

02.06.2010 — Press release EDA
A Swiss delegation visited Moscow from 31 May to 2 June for the eighth round of human rights consultations which Switzerland has been holding with Russia since 2003. The talks covered the national and international human rights policies of both countries as well as the operational aspect of the consultations.

First meetings in the framework of the regular political dialogue with the Federative Republic of Brazil

02.06.2010 — Press release EDA
Today, Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, has received Antônio de Aguiar Patriota, Secretary-General of Foreign Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, for a courtesy visit. Mr Patriota is in Switzerland for talks in the context of the regular political dialogue between Switzerland and Brazil.

Switzerland asks for an international inquiry following the Israeli armed assault

01.06.2010 — Press release EDA
The FDFA expresses its very serious concern following an incident of the coast of the Gaza Strip resulting from an assault by Israeli forces on an international convoy of ships bringing humanitarian supplies to the people of Gaza. Switzerland asks for an international inquiry to be conducted into the circumstances of this tragic event.

Action plan adopted to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation treaty

29.05.2010 — Press release EDA
The final document, agreed by consensus, of the 8th Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will strengthen the credibility of the disarmament and non-proliferation regime. From Switzerland’s point of view, progress is to be seen in particular in the adoption of an action plan, recognition of the humanitarian dimension and the applicability of international humanitarian law, as well as in the agreement to take concrete steps to create a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.

Election of Switzerland to a second mandate in the Human Rights Council for the period 2010-2013

28.05.2010 — Press release EDA
Switzerland was today elected to a second three-year term in the Human Rights Council by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Switzerland is pleased about this election, which it regards as recognition of its commitment to human rights in general and of its active role as a member of the Council in the period 2006-2009. With a review of the Council's activities coming up 2011, Switzerland will continue to work to ensure that the Council is effective, equitable and capable of responding quickly to human rights violations, wherever they occur.

Run-up to the XIIIth Francophonie Summit – Montreux 2010

27.05.2010 — Press release EDA
This morning, the organisers of the XIIIth Summit of the Francophonie have held a joint press conference during which the federal, cantonal and municipal authorities concerned presented the preparations, challenges and the programme to accompany the Summit, which will take place on the 22-24 October 2010 in Montreux, Switzerland.

Last Phase in the Expansion of the WTO Headquarters in Geneva

26.05.2010 — Press release EDA
The Headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva are being enlarged. The third and last phase of this expansion necessitates a loan of CHF 40 million as well as a non-repayable CHF 10 million contribution. Today, the Federal Council approved the relevant draft bill for submission to Parliament. The bill establishes the financial framework for the extra-muros expansion of the Centre William Rappard (CWR) outside its current footprint.

Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey in the Republic of Moldova

19.05.2010 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey flew to Chisinau in the Republic of Moldova on Wednesday, where she will take part in a meeting of Swiss ambassadors from countries in South-East and East Europe. On Wednesday evening she held talks with Iurie Leanca, deputy prime minister and foreign minister of the Republic of Moldova. During the meeting a repatriation agreement and an agreement on visa facilitation were signed.

Official visit of the Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh TRIET

18.05.2010 — Press release EDA
President Doris Leuthard, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA), and Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), today received the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Minh TRIET, at the Lohn Country Residence in Kehrsatz. In the course of this first official visit by a Vietnamese President, discussions covered bilateral relations in general, economic relations, development cooperation and international political issues.

Conclusion of Switzerland’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe

11.05.2010 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey today handed over the six-month chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to her Macedonian peer Antonio Milošoski in Strasbourg. The Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs took this opportunity to highlight the main achievements of the Swiss chairmanship, which began on 18 November 2009.

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