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Cabinet approves disarmament report

The government has confirmed the objectives and priorities of Switzerland's arms control and disarmament policy for 2008.

The report approved on Wednesday highlights the government’s diplomatic activities since 2004 to reduce the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to promote “human security”.

A key objective is to “ensure national and international security at the lowest possible level of armaments” .

The report also mentions Switzerland’s operational activities such as its support for the elimination of chemical weapons and landmines.

The report is expected to be presented to parliament during the autumn session, which begins next week.

In addition, the document sets out the priorities of Switzerland’s arms control and disarmament policy for the coming years.

In line with its humanitarian commitment, Switzerland is especially involved in activities to combat landmines, get rid of the explosive remnants of war, and counter the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.

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