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Ecuador-Peru: Simultaneous release of detainees

30-06-1995 News Release 29

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had been approached as a neutral intermediary by the authorities of Ecuador and Peru with a view to the simultaneous release under its auspices of persons detained in connection with the armed conflict between the two countries. On 30 June 1995, the Peruvian authorities thus freed 2 Ecuadorian prisoners of war and 2 civilians held on grounds of espionage, while the Ecuadorian authorities released 2 Peruvian prisoners of war and 5 civilians held on grounds of espionage, as well as 4 other civilians in custody for various penal law offences.

Such releases under ICRC auspices are part of the mandate assigned to the organization by the 1949 Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I of 1977. Since the clashes that took place in January, the ICRC has remained in contact with the authorities of both countries to help resolve matters of humanitarian concern.