We're neutral on Zim - Swiss envoy

2012-10-17 10:22

Cape Town - Switzerland has declared its neutrality on Zimbabwe and has pledged to assist the country in "any possible way", but this assistance depends on the local political situation, a report said on Wednesday.

According to the state-owned Herald online, Switzerland State Secretary Yves Rossier told journalists before meeting President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday that his country was looking at ways of assisting Zimbabwe.

"We are looking at increasing our support next year, depending on the political situation. Switzerland is a neutral country. We do not belong to any grouping," he said.

According to the report, Rossier "could not hide his joy" at meeting Mugabe.

On greeting Mugabe, Rossier said he "was shaking the hands of history".

Rosier also met Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-17 10:50

    It's only logical that the Swiss will be neutral in the case of Zimbabwe. They have a proud history of being neutral. Look at the second world war. They were neutral. They only gladly accepted deposits of all the stolen money taken from the Jewish people who were robbed from all they had by the Nazis, and placed into safekeeping all the artworks stolen in the same way. It took decades for them to give it up to the real owners. I bet Bob Mugabe is one of their best customers. Filthy greedy bastards!

      jans.opresser - 2012-10-17 22:02


  • jwdupreez - 2012-10-17 10:55

    Whats new? This is standard practice with the Swiss. They were neutral with the Nazis during WW2 as well. They are not perturbed where business comes from - as long as they can get rich who will care about a few dead people here and there......

      DSBennie - 2012-10-17 12:11

      Through the treaty of Paris, Austria, France, Great Britain, Portugal, Prussia, Russia, Spain and Sweden agreed to permanently recognise an independent, NEUTRAL, Switzerland. Having had borders with states that had intense rivalries neutrality was the only way not to be absorbed up by France or Prussia

      DSBennie - 2012-10-17 12:17

      one must also remember that part of their population is German, another part French and another Italian, how would they have kept their country together if they choose one side over the other

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-17 10:56

    "I don't like Switzerland - it has produced nothing but theologians and waiters". Oscar Wilde

  • bbooyse - 2012-10-17 10:59

    Mugabe must have money in their bank vaults

      harald.voney - 2012-10-17 14:19

      loads... he was one of the richest men a decade or so ago... stolen $$. The swiss love that

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-10-17 10:59

    No backbone, the Swiss.

  • brad.carmichael - 2012-10-17 11:14

    Neutral means tacit support. You have to stand up to evil in this world, neutrality allows evil to thrive. The Mugabes and Hitlers of this world could not exist without support by nameless and faceless people behind the scenes. Its disgusting what the Swiss have done in the name of neutrality.

      esme.collins1 - 2012-10-17 19:07

      Spoken with conviction Brad! Could not have said it any better myself!! If memory serves me right, he has massive investments in Switzerland already. Maybe the purse needs a new silk lining?

      jans.opresser - 2012-10-17 22:03

      dont forget the de klerks and botha's and oppenheimers in that list of yours? and what was the swiss stance on apartheid? hypocrite!

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-10-17 11:19

    I have no problems with the Swiss, at least they have the stones to be open with how they conduct business instead of saying one thing and then doing the opposite.

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-17 11:29

    I wish south africa could be like switzerland, not tied up to being a puppet by all these internatonal gruopings.

      ludlowdj - 2012-10-17 12:12

      So don't vote for the ANC again, they are the face and puppet of the international groupings you refer to.

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-10-17 11:30

    and, oh yes, Morgan Tsvangirai happened to be there but wasn't invited.........

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-17 11:31

    By neutral they mean toally devoid of any sense of morality regarding where you got your money from.

  • konfab - 2012-10-17 11:41

    Evil prevails when good men do nothing

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-10-17 12:09

    Shaking the hands of history. I like that. Switzerland wont be forced and bribed to see things one way or the other.

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-10-17 12:48

    Switzerland - they are talking sense, no need to fight other people wars. The truth behind land grabbing in Zimbabwe is a well known facts to other countries even if we keep quiet and we see innocent people being punished, we watch them on our TVs. Mugabe to me, is not a difficult person he need to be understood - his time will come and go and other leaders will come, so why not assist the people of Zimbabwe?

      lizette.wilsenach - 2012-10-17 13:47

      Have you been to the rest of Africa? The clothes and food send there to 'assist' the poor is being sold to them at a price very few can afford. Wonder what happens to the money they send. Seen it with my own eyes.

      harald.voney - 2012-10-17 14:24

      because this "assistance" doesnt go where its supposed to... at all!! The last time the UN sent food to ZIM, ZanuPf took the food and sold it to their supporters only... MDC members starved!! Thats why...

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-17 13:24

    The Swiss usually are neutral, except when it comes to banking the money from thieves. Then their neutrality and common decency fly out the door.

  • ignatious.bapata1 - 2012-10-17 13:46

    Shaking the hands of history wow the guy made history while he's still alive juss like madiba

  • harald.voney - 2012-10-17 14:18

    the swiss are twits!!

  • shawn.swiegers - 2012-10-17 17:01

    Shaking the hand of history, thats for damn sure, Mugabe was around when it was invented!

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-10-17 19:03

    Mugabe himself stated that Zimbabwe does not want aid from "europeans" and has always been very derogatory towards "europeans" so why is the leopard changing - oops....blurring, his spots now?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-18 12:50

    And Bob rubs his hands together in anticipation. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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