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China, Australia and New Zealand: Official visit by ICRC President

26-11-2002 News Release 02/71

Geneva (ICRC) – The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr Jakob Kellenberger, has arrived in Beijing for a three-day official visit during which he will be received by the highest authorities of the People's Republic of China.

In his various meetings with Chinese officials, Mr Kellenberger will outline the ICRC's humanitarian concerns and activities in areas across the globe affected by armed conflict. The visit will provide an opportunity to strengthen the ongoing dialogue between the ICRC and the Chinese authorities and to discuss the possibility of opening an ICRC regional delegation in Beijing.

The ICRC President will also meet with senior officials of the Red Cross Society of China, in conjunction with which the Geneva-based organization regularly works to spread knowledge of Red Cross principles and humanitarian law. One topic of discussion will be a limb-fitting centre in Yunnan province, in the south of the country, which the ICRC will set up in response to a request by the Chinese Red Cross.

The ICRC President will then visit Australia and New Zealand at the invitation of those countries'governments and National Red Cross Societies. In Melbourne, Canberra and Wellington, Mr Kellenberger and senior government and National Society officials will explore ways of further developing their working relationships and discuss means of strengthening cooperation in the humanitarian field.

 Further information:  

 Eros Bosisio, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++41 22 730 21 01 or (mobile) ++41 79 217 32 64