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Report on the Security Policy of Switzerland

Report on the Security Policy of Switzerland

Report 2000. Message of Adolf Ogi, Federal Councillor. Bern, June 7, 1999."

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Federal Council has adopted its report to the Federal Assembly on the Security Policy of Switzerland (Report 2000) for the elaboration of which the lead was with our Department. The chosen strategy, entitled "security trough cooperation", assigns three missions to the armed forces, namely:

  • Peace support and crisis management;
  • Area protection and defence; and
  • Prevention and management of existential dangers.

This report is the strategic basis for the reforms of the armed forces (Army XXI) and of civil protection. We plan to submit to parliament before the end of next year the documents for the necessary amendments of laws.

This is an ambitious objective, but there is reason for this urgency. The events of the last months in a region merely one flight-hour from Switzerland confirm the necessity for action, as well as events in Switzerland that have required assistance by the armed forces. We owe it to our country to actively meet the challenges.

Army XXI and civil protection have an impact on the life of our country at all levels, within the political arena and outside. Therefore it is necessary to conduct the discussion on the reorientation of Swiss security policy on a broad basis.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you for your interest. Security through cooperation begins at home.

 

Adolf Ogi

Federal Councillor

Publisher: DDPS, General Secretariat, Office for Information Concepts.

 

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

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