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Peru: ICRC takes part in first course on law of war for armed forces

24-02-1999 News Release 99/08

From 15 to 19 February three ICRC delegates served as instructors in the first course on international humanitarian law to be held by the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Peruvian armed forces. The course, which took place in Lima, was attended by 36 high-ranking officers of the armed forces and the national police.

The principal aim was to make participants aware of the importance of knowing the law and to draw the attention of the relevant authorities to the need to train instructors from among members of the Peruvian military and police forces. 

During the closing ceremony, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed his wish to step up cooperation with the ICRC in order to spread knowledge of the law of war and stressed the duty of military authorities to train instructors in this field.