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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swiss to Join PFP

ZURICH () -- Neutral Switzerland edged away from its traditional isolationism on Wednesday by announcing it would join NATO's Partnership for Peace, or PFP, program in a bid to promote security in post-Cold War Europe.

But the government took pains to ensure the conservative majority of Swiss that the move did not jeopardize the country's treasured neutrality or signal its intention to join the Western military alliance.

"The federal council [cabinet] wants to make clear that participating in PFP does not create any obligations under international law and does not affect neutrality," a statement issued after the cabinet met in Berne said.