One of the latest Iranian statement, I quote, ..”Iran has begun installing 6,000 new centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday,”…(see here), did not dissuade neutral Switzerland to make a natural gas deal worth $28 billion to $42 billion, funding in a direct way the military nuclear ambitions of Iran.
So, it come without surprise, that ads and reactions denounces the neutral hypocrisy of Switzerland. One of the ads is ”Guess who is the world’s newest financier of terrorism? Switzerland.” published by the International Herald Tribune. I quote from the article,…”US-based Anti-Defamation League slams multibillion dollar deal Geneva struck with Iran for supply of natural gas. Full-page ads in major newspapers proclaim Switzerland world’s ‘newest financier of terrorism’ …”The US government and the World Jewish Congress have criticized Switzerland for the deal, saying it gives encouragement to Tehran’s hard-liners. ”ADL is concerned that Iran’s profits from the energy deal could help the regime to accelerate and complete its nuclear weapons program and provide tens of thousands of additional missiles to Hizbullah and Hamas, two terrorist groups and sworn enemies of Israel who routinely benefit from Tehran’s largess,” said a statement on the league’s Web site. …”…”Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey traveled to Iran in mid-March for the signing of the a deal between the Swiss energy trading company EGL and state-owned National Iranian Gas Export Company. The deal is worth $28 billion to $42 billion.”.see full article
But Switzerland, I quote, ..”.. reject terror sponsor charge by US Jewish group Tue Apr 8, 2008 Switzerland rejected accusations on Tuesday by the U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that it could be financing terrorism after a Swiss company clinched a multi-billion euro (dollar) deal to buy natural gas from Iran.The Swiss Foreign Ministry reiterated that the purchase did not violate U.N. Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program or U.S. domestic law.”…see more
On the other hand, US demands to see Swiss gas contract with Iran, worried it might violate US sanctions law..”A posting on the U.S. Embassy Web site raises the question of whether neutral Switzerland’s position as representative of American interests in Iran and Cuba could be affected.”…The Swiss have represented U.S. interests in Havana since diplomatic relations with Cuba were broken nearly 50 years ago, and in Tehran since Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in 1979.”…
The Swiss energy trading company EGL, majority owned by Axpo Holding AG, has said gas deliveries from Iran will begin in 2009. Here is an excerpt from the EGL purchase agreement, ..” “Natural gas from Iran is necessary to the opening of a fourth gas transportation corridor to Europe,” Mr. Conrad said. “This corridor will ensure diversification and security of supply on the continent as Europe needs to tap into new gas sources in the immediate future, and EGL today made an important contribution to reaching this goal.”…see more.
As to the myth of Swiss neutrality . Neutrality, defined as not making any military pact with other countries and not participating in wars, is more than outdated. Today, multilateral colossal deals in goods and money, by global companies, like EGL and state-owned National Iranian Gas Export Company, undermine the notion of neutrality under the cover of legal trade, when money can be considered as a major weapon in the hand of Iran declaring her will to prepare and fomenting war to destroy other countries.