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Foreign minister wants European court reforms

Switzerland wants to reform the European Court of Human Rights when it takes over the chairmanship of the Council of Europe, the government says.

The reforms to the Strasbourg-based court will be part of the country's focus on three core areas – protection of human rights, promotion of democracy and the rule of law – after Switzerland takes over leadership of the 47-member body.

Switzerland's tenure will run from November 18, 2009 to mid-May 2010, the foreign ministry said after a meeting on Monday between Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey and Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis.

The visit was Davis's first to Switzerland since his election in 2004.

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