Basler Zeitung (Link) - Von Luciano Ferrari & Richard Diethelm (April 30, 2010)
Translated from German by Google translate: He is regarded as Europe’s answer to Henry Kissinger: top diplomat Javier Solana to the new world order, for euro-crisis and the affair between Switzerland and Libya.
Javier Solana welcomes the conversation in a salon of the Geneva Villa Plantamour. Through the open windows penetrate the glistening light from the nearby lake, and bird song from the old trees in the park surrounding this relaxed atmosphere set in the first time rebel leaders and representatives of the government at a table at ways to bring peace to Burundi by Hutu and Tutsi explore. Since then met at the villa on Lake secretly opponent in many other conflicts. The terrain was preparing each of the Henri Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD before). Founded in 1999, non-governmental organization has its headquarters here. It comes into action when the traditional forms of mediation have failed.
Among the approximately 70 employees, many former diplomats. You have direct access to foreign ministries and heads of state around the world. Currently, CHD-mediator in 14 active conflicts, so in the Philippines, Burma, East Timor, Somalia, Kenya, Central African Republic and Sudan. The activities in other countries, considers the center a secret out of consideration to the rival camp. Javier Solana in early March became the honorary chair of the CHD. He also teaches at the London School of Economics and head of the department for foreign policy research at the renowned U.S. think tank The Brookings Institution.