Switzerland hosts counterterrorism powwow

A newly created counterterrorism network has met in Interlaken for Swiss-led talks on how to move forward and cooperate with other international bodies.

This content was published on February 24, 2012 - 15:12 and agencies

Switzerland is one of 28 countries that joined the Global Counterterrorism Forum in September. The conference on Thursday and Friday was attended by around 100 representatives of the member states, the United Nations, and the European Union.

Opening the conference, Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said that in order to eliminate breeding grounds of radicalism and terrorism, it was crucial to strengthen the rule of law and criminal prosecution.

The foreign ministry said the event helped coordinate the parts different members would play. It also emphasised the central role of the UN. The Forum is seen as a way of implementing the United Nations’ counterterrorism strategy.

Two main goals have been set for the Forum. It will open the first ever multilateral training and research centre focusing on violent extremism. In response to the Arab Spring, the Forum also has a main goal of supporting post-dictatorship countries that are in transition. 

Articles in this story

This article was automatically imported from our old content management system. If you see any display errors, please let us know:

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Share this story

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?