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ICRC re-establishes presence in Solomon Islands

24-07-2003 News Release 03/54

Geneva (ICRC) - In accordance with its mandate to protect and assist victims of armed conflict and internal strife, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is re-establishing a permanent presence in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands.

The organization will thus be better placed to assess the humanitarian situation, respond to needs, and coordinate its activities with the Solomon Islands Red Cross. It will also be able to act as a neutral intermediary and to engage in dialogue with all parties concerned, in particular as regards respect for the red cross emblem.

Following the recent violence, the ICRC provided the Solomon Islands Red Cross with tents, tarpaulins, bedding, and cooking utensils for distribution to over 1,000 displaced persons. During the internal armed conflict that ravaged the Solomons in 1999 and 2000, the ICRC provided the National Society with similar support from its office in Honiara, in addition to delivering medical supplies, helping displaced persons return home, visiting places of detention, and reuniting families through its tracing services.

 Further information:  

 Eros Bosisio, ICRC Geneva, ++41 22 730 21 01  

 Greg Clewley, ICRC Suva, ++679 330 21 56