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ICRC president meets US president Bush

14-02-2005 News Release 05/9

Geneva/Washington (ICRC) - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, today had talks in Washington with US president George Bush.

The discussion between president Bush and Mr Kellenberger focused on ICRC concerns regarding US detention, the main challenges faced by the organization in armed conflicts worldwide and an assessment of the contexts in which key ICRC operations take place.

The ICRC welcomes this opportunity to raise these issues at the highest level and looks forward to strengthening its confidential dialogue with US authorities.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Antonella Notari, ICRC Geneva, ++41 22 730 22 82 / ++41 79 217 32 80  

 Florian Westphal, ICRC Geneva, ++41 22 730 29 30 / ++41 79 217 32 26  

 Amanda Williamson, ICRC Washington, ++1 202 293 94 30 / ++1 202 431 69 06