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ICRC resumes humanitarian work in Colombia

20-01-2000 News Release 00/02

Geneva (ICRC) - On 20 January the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) partially resumed its activities for conflict victims in Colombia. It had suspended its work on 4 January following the violent occupation of its delegation in Bogotá by a group of displaced persons who prevented its staff members from leaving the building. 

Although this unacceptable situation has not yet been resolved, ICRC delegates have made temporary arrangements to pursue a number of their humanitarian tasks. Working from the organization's 16 offices in the country, they have resumed some protection, relief and medical activities as well as the promotion of international humanitarian law.

The ICRC is anxious to see an end to this crisis so that it can once again conduct, in satisfactory conditions, all its operations for the many people affected by the conflict in Colombia.