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15 years ago When Switzerland joined the United Nations

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan shakes hands of then Swiss president Kaspar Villiger and foreign minister Joseph Deiss.

A picture for the history books: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (middle) shakes hands on September 10, 2002 with the then Swiss president Kaspar Villiger (left) and foreign minister Joseph Deiss.

(Keystone)

Until September 10, 2002, what did Switzerland have in common with the Vatican and East Timor?

They were not members of the UN, and shared observer status at proceedings of the world body at its New York headquarters.

We dipped into the archives to see how swissinfo.ch covered the news of September 10, 2002 when the UN General Assembly welcomed Switzerland to the club. And we highlight our analysis of Swiss membership ten years on.

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