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Swiss minister apologizes to Jews for `blackmail' accusation
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Reuter
Date: Jan 16, 1997
Start Page: A.11
Section: NEWS
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ZURICH (Reuter) - The Swiss economics minister apologized yesterday for labelling as ``blackmail'' compensation demands for Holocaust victims, backing his country away from confrontation with world Jewish groups.

The Swiss federal council also pledged to examine soon if it could pay Jews amends for Switzerland's anti- Jewish refugee policy in World War II and purchases of looted Nazi gold.

The apology prompted World Jewish Congress president Edgar Bronfman to resume co-operating with the Swiss government.

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