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Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. Geneva, 27 July 1929.
Part VI : Bureaux of relief and information concerning prisoners of war - Art. 79.
Art. 79. A Central Agency of information regarding prisoners of war shall be established in a neutral country. The International Red Cross Committee shall, if they consider it necessary, propose to the Powers concerned the organization of such an agency.
This agency shall be charged with the duty of collecting all information regarding prisoners which they may be able to obtain through official or private channels, and the agency shall transmit the information as rapidly as possible to the prisoners' own country or the Power in whose service they have been.
These provisions shall not be interpreted as restricting the humanitarian work of the International Red Cross Committee.