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Peru/Ecuador: ICRC appeals to the warring parties

01-02-1995 News Release 5

In a memorandum sent to the governments of Peru and Ecuador on 30 January, following several days of hostilities between the two countries in the region known as the Cordillera del Condor, the ICRC appealed to them to respect their humanitarian obligations.

These obligations are laid down in the Geneva Conventions which, in the event of armed conflict, stipulate that States must care for the wounded and prisoners, respect the civilian population and civilian objects and allow ICRC delegates access to all victims of the conflict. The memorandum also reminds the two parties of the rules for behaviour by combatants in armed conflict.