Update: 10.05.2007

A Swiss appointed Head of the largest OSCE mission 

The Swiss diplomat Tim Guldimann took office on 1 October, 2007 as Head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Kosovo, the most comprehensive of all the OSCE's 19 missions with a staff of about 1000. Present since 1999, the mission is responsible for the areas of human rights and minority rights, the rule of law, the creation of democratic institutions, and the organisation of elections.

Guldimann was appointed by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the Spanish Foreign Minister, Moratinos Cuyaubé. Tim Guldimann joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in 1982, served as Swiss Ambassador and already worked for the OSCE in Chechnya and in Croatia.

Switzerland is an active member of the OSCE and committed through its foreign policy to the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. It submitted Tim Guldimann's candidature to the OSCE as part of its policy to fill more high-ranking positions within the OSCE with Swiss nationals, reports the FDFA press release.

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