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India: battalion briefed

14-08-1996 News Release 96/32

On 8 August, the ICRC delegation in New Delhi held a briefing for the Indian Army's 16th Guards Infantry Battalion Group, which is shortly to be deployed as part of the UN peace-keeping force in Angola. It took place at the Battalion's request, which was conveyed to the ICRC via Indian Army headquarters in New Delhi, and was attended by more than 50 of the Battalion's officers.

During the briefing, the nature of the ICRC's role in general and more specifically its tasks in Angola were explained to members of one of the world's largest armed forces. Particular stress was placed on ICRC guidelines for UN peace-keeping forces and the universal obligation for armed forces to comply with the principles of international humanitarian law.