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Hungarian President visits ICRC

10-11-1997 News Release 97/1812

Geneva (ICRC) - The President of the Republic of Hungary, Mr Arpád Göncz, today visited the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where he was received by ICRC President Cornelio Sommaruga.

In his welcoming address, Mr Sommaruga mentioned several historic events which have marked the ICRC's presence in Hungary, in particular the outstanding work of delegate Friedrich Born who saved thousands of Jews from deportation in 1944. He went on to outline the role of the ICRC's new regional delegation in Budapest, which officially opened in March this year, and thanked the Hungarian authorities for their support for the ICRC's activities.

President Sommaruga also voiced his appreciation for Hungary's ongoing efforts to promote international humanitarian law, and commended the Hungarian government's adhesion to the Ottawa process aimed at prohibiting anti-personnel landmines.

In his reply, President Göncz expressed his gratitude for the important role played by the ICRC in alleviating the suffering of Hungarians over the years and pledged his country's support for ICRC activities in the future. He also reasserted Hungary's commitment to banning anti-personnel mines.

Mr George Weber, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, was also present during the visit.

The ICRC's regional delegation in Budapest covers the countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe. Its activities include spreading knowledge of international humanitarian law, in particular among the armed forces, and providing support for the region's National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.