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Colombia: signed in Bogota...

21-02-1996 News Release 96/07

A framework agreement was signed on 17 February between the Republic of Colombia and the ICRC. Supplementing the headquarters agreement that already exists between the two, the new accord significantly strengthens the legal basis for the delegation's work in the country, in particular its efforts to protect and assist the victims of internal violence and to spread knowledge of international humanitarian law.

According to various sources, some 40,000 people die violently in Colombia each year, while about 600,000 have been displaced by the fighting.