Switzerland is likely to be elected next June to the Security Council, the most powerful UN body. Confederation President Guy Parmelin and Foreign Affairs Minister Ignazio Cassis present for the ONU’s Annual General Assembly in New York this week.
The Security Council, in charge of maintaining peace and security issues, is composed of 5 permanent members with veto power (China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia) and ten elected member states for two-year terms.
“No need to fear for neutrality”
In the elective group of Western European countries and other countries in which Switzerland belongs, two seats are to be filled. Apart from the Confederation, only Malta is a candidate. No other country has so far shown a willingness to compete.
According to Ignazio Cassis, the fact that Switzerland becomes a member of a UN body that can launch military operations should not give rise to fears for Switzerland’s neutrality. As a member of the Security Council, “she will play an important role in humanitarian, budgetary or peace-related areas”, we read in a press release from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs at the opening of the conference. general Meeting.
Ignazio Cassis also intends to commit to reclaiming the importance of the United Nations. “Switzerland will commit to the necessary reforms so that the United Nations is ready for this century,” he told Keystone-ATS. “We also have a classic role of bridge builders. We make sure that countries that don’t want to talk to each other find a way to understand each other.”
At the request of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Switzerland is co-organizing a conference on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with Sweden. It will be co-chaired by Ignazio Cassis and his Swedish colleague Ann Linde.
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The Federal Counselor will also represent Switzerland at a ministerial meeting on the peace process in Libya. Guy Parmelin will take part in a conference on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
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