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President of Ukraine visits the ICRC

21-03-1996 News Release 1805

Geneva (ICRC) - The President of Ukraine, Mr Leonid Kuchma, who is currently on a visit to Geneva, was today received at the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by President Cornelio Sommaruga.

After introducing the members of the Committee and senior staff of the institution to his guest, the ICRC President thanked the Government of Ukraine for its interest in humanitarian issues. He mentioned the responsibilities assumed by Ukraine as a State party to the Geneva Conventions, including the dissemination of international humanitarian law, the adoption of legislative measures necessary for its implementation, and the duty to ensure respect for the law in countries in conflict by backing the work of international bodies. Mr Sommaruga pointed out that ICRC activities largely depended on the goodwill and support of States, and stressed the importance of cooperation with the Red Cross Society of Ukraine so as to help it develop its operational capacity throughout the country. Finally, referring to the headquarters agreement signed in December 1995, President Sommaruga welcomed the recent opening of an ICRC regional delegation in Kyiv.

In reply, President Kuchma paid tribute to the ICRC for its action in numerous crisis situations around the globe. The Ukrainian Head of State also assured the ICRC of his government's full support for the institution's humanitarian work.




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