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ICRC vice-president visits Turkmenistan

29-06-2005 News Release 05/35

Geneva (ICRC) – The vice-president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jacques Forster, yesterday completed a visit to Ashgabat,Turkmenistan, where he met Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov and the foreign minister, Rashid Meredov.

During his talks, Mr Forster discussed various aspects of the ICRC's activities in the country with a view to working with the authorities to spread knowledge of international humanitarian law and help them implement that law. He also exchanged views with top officials on how best to draw up a mutually acceptable and lasting agreement to enable the ICRC to work on behalf of prisoners and detainees.

The discussions were held in a cordial atmosphere, with both sides agreeing to continue and broaden dialogue and cooperation.

 For more information, please contact:  

 Ian Piper, ICRC Geneva, +41 22 730 2063 or +41 79 217 3216  

 Pierre-Emmanuel Ducruet, ICRC Tashkent, +998 71 120 52 90 or +998 93 600 3177