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Geneva: OIC Secretary General visits ICRC

20-03-1997 News Release 97/10

The newly-elected Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Dr  Azzedine Laraki, was received on 18 March by ICRC President Cornelio Sommaruga. During their meeting they discussed various humanitarian issues affecting member States of the OIC.

Mr Sommaruga expressed his appreciation of the OIC's unreserved support in the effort to achieve a ban on anti-personnel  landmines. In many countries, including some OIC member States, landmines continue to have a devastating effect on the civilian population and on national economies. The talks also focused on ways and means of strengthening mutual cooperation and on possibilities for translating this cooperation into practical action.