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Respect for international humanitarian law: ICRC president visits Sudan

25-11-2004 News Release 04/69

Geneva (ICRC) – The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, arrives in Khartoum this evening for what will be his second visit to Sudan this year.

He will be assessing the current humanitarian situation in Darfur and talking to senior Sudanese government officials about how to improve protection of the civilian population.

Mr Kellenberger will be in Darfur from 26 to 28 November to see the situation on the ground for himself and will be meeting government officials in Al Fashir, Kutum and Zalingy. Since the President's first visit in March, humanitarian access to Darfur has improved considerably. As a result, the ICRC has been able to carry out a major humanitarian operation, together with the Sudanese Red Crescent and its other partners in the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

With a budget of Sfr 131 million for 2005 and nearly 2,000 staff, Sudan is the ICRC’s biggest operation worldwide.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Marco Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel. : ++41 22 730 22 71 or ++41 79 217 32 17  

 Virginia de la Guardia, ICRC Khartoum, tel.: ++249 91 2137764