Deiss campaigns for Swiss membership of the United Nations

The foreign minister, Joseph Deiss, continued his campaign for Switzerland to become a member of the United Nations on Sunday.

This content was published on August 20, 2000 - 09:33

Deiss used his role as host of the Hornusserfest in Frauenfeld as a platform to persuade participants that Switzerland's neutrality would not be compromised.

Deiss compared the political issue with the traditional game. He argued that because Switzerland was not a full member of the international body, it could not play a full role on the international stage.

"Switzerland is sitting on the sidelines as an observer," he said. This situation, he argued, was not worthy of such a skilled and confident country.

Deiss reaffirmed his position that membership of the UN would in no way jeopardise Switzerland's institutions and traditions, nor would the country's cherished neutrality be compromised.

Deiss was addressing the top players of Hornussen, a traditional sport in Switzerland, who are meeting this weekend and next for the federal Hornusserfest, the "Olympics" which are usually held every three years.

About 5,500 players are competing in canton Thurgau for one of the highly-prized drinking horns, the Hornussen equivalent of an athlete's gold medal.

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