Berlin embassy row ends: The party must go on...

Shawne Fielding: Her apology has been accepted Keystone

The Swiss foreign minister, Joseph Deiss, has accepted the apologies of Shawne Fielding, wife of the the Swiss ambassador in Berlin, for having posed for revealing pictures for a German magazine at the embassy.

This content was published on May 8, 2001 - 07:24

A spokesman for Deiss indicated the dispute, which erupted after last week's publication of the pictures in "Max" magazine, was now over.

The foreign minister has given Fielding the go-ahead to attend Friday's party marking the inauguration of the lavish new embassy.

In a letter of apology to Deiss, Fielding had said she would not attend the function because fresh pictures of her at the embassy would detract from the occasion.

Deiss made it clear both Fielding and her husband, ambassador Thomas Borer, would have to make a clear distinction between private and public life in future.

Fielding, a former Miss Texas, said on Saturday she regretted the controversy and embarrassment caused by the pictures, in which she posed as a "cowgirl of the Alps" in and around the new embassy.

One picture showed her in a red costume on the roof of the building, with the Swiss flag clearly visible. She was also pictured in a strapless evening dress astride a horse on the embassy steps, and as a cowgirl wielding guns.

In her letter to Deiss, she promised that she would not pose for photographs of any kind in the future without written permission from the foreign ministry.

Photographs of Borer and Fielding frequently appear in the German press. Last December, Borer was hauled before Deiss after he made derogatory remarks on television about a rock star, who had been photographed with his wife.

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