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Argentina: A humanitarian touch

30-10-1997 News Release 97/43

Operation Cruz del Sur , the first joint manoeuvres ever carried out by the armed forces of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, took place from 12 to 15 October in southern Brazil, near the border with its two neighbours. The purpose of the exercise was to prepare for peace-keeping operations, a process that began with international military exercises carried out in Rio de Janeiro last August under the auspices of the US military's Southern Command.

The ICRC was the only civilian organization invited to participate in Cruz del Sur . The regional delegate based in Buenos Aires and the Bogotá-based delegate responsible for promoting knowledge of and respect for international humanitarian law in the armed forces of Latin America both took part, organizing an exchange of prisoners and helping the forces involved in the exercise to identify the rules of that law applicable to the peace-keeping context.