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Swiss president to open Geneva Initiative talks

Swiss President and Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey will launch a conference on November 22 on the Geneva Initiative with a keynote speech at Geneva University.

The Geneva Initiative was drafted jointly by Israelis and Palestinians from civil society with the aim of resolving the conflict between the two peoples peacefully and on the basis of fair negotiations.

In a statement on Friday, the foreign ministry said the conference would “review the achievements of the Geneva Initiative launched in 2003 and will analyse its potential in the light of current developments in the Near and Middle East”.

Speakers at the conference will include French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and Hossam Zaki, an adviser to the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Switzerland has actively supported the Geneva Initiative since 2003.

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