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Timor-Leste becomes 191st State party to the Geneva Conventions

06-06-2003 News Release 03/37

Geneva(ICRC) – On 8 May 2003, less than a year after independence, Timor-Leste has deposited with the Swiss government the instrument of accession to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949.

This makes Timor-Leste the 191st State party to these treaties, which form the core of international humanitarian law.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been present in the country since 1979 and is continuing its work in the fields of detention, missing persons, international humanitarian law training for armed and security forces and support for the government in the implementation of international humanitarian law.

The ICRC is also working closely with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to set up a Red Cross Society in Timor-Leste.

 Further information:  

 Syméon Antoulas, ICRC Geneva, tel.: ++ 41 22 730 20 89  

 Michele Poretti, ICRC Geneva, tel.: ++ 41 22 730 21 01  

 Florence Sechaud, ICRC Dili, tel.: ++ 670 390 321 448