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Switzerland consolidates its presence within the OSCE

Bern, 20.09.2013 - In view of Switzerland’s forthcoming chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014, the Federal Council has nominated Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann as special representative for the Western Balkans. It has also chosen Ambassador Fred Tanner to fill the post of advisor to the OSCE secretary general in Vienna.

Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann is currently travelling as the FDFA special representative for the Sahel. He has many years experience in various high-level positions in the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the UN. Between 1997 and 2003, he headed the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw and from 2006 to 2007, he was responsible for monitoring the elections in Côte d’Ivoire as high representative of the UN secretary-general.

In his capacity as special representative for the Western Balkans under the Swiss chairmanship of the OSCE, Ambassador Stoudmann will support regional cooperation in the region and the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. In 2015, Serbia will take over from Switzerland as chair of the OSCE. The two states have agreed that Stoudmann will also support Serbia in carrying out its chairmanship function.

Ambassador Fred Tanner has spent the last six years as director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), an international foundation dedicated to the promotion of peace and security. Ambassador Tanner represents Switzerland on several executive boards of international institutions and organisations, including the UN secretary-general’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

As high-level advisor to OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, Mr Tanner will ensure the liaison between the Swiss chairmanship and the OSCE secretariat and, among other tasks, support the formulation of strategies on security issues.

By assuming the OSCE Chairmanship in 2014, Switzerland is stepping up its commitment to stability in Europe and neighbouring countries and thus pursuing one of its foreign policy strategies.

The OSCE does not define security in purely military terms. It also takes into account other security factors that are relevant to Switzerland, such as environmental protection, economic stability, human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Switzerland considers the OSCE to be an important platform for political dialogue and action in the field. It has been an active participant in the OSCE since its founding in 1975.


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