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ICRC Media Advisory


 Treaty Signing Conference and Mine Action Forum Ottawa, Canada, 2 to 4 December 1997  

Representatives of some 120 States will meet in Ottawa, Canada, to sign the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production, Transfer of Anti-personnel mines and on their Destruction. In addition, hundreds of non-governmental and international organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will be present. They will also develop an agenda for action on landmines, which will detail activities to be undertaken in support of the universal acceptance of the ban treaty and improvement of mine-clearance and victim-assistance activities.

 Conference venue:  

 Canadian Government Conference Centre

 2 Rideau Street

 Ottawa, Ontario

 Canada, K1N 8X5

 For general enquiries, contact:   

 Landmines Conference Secretariat

 tel. ++1 613 992 0999

 fax ++1 613 992 0732

 For media enquiries, contact:  

 Delta Media

 405 350 Sparks

 Ottawa, KIR 7S8

 tel.++1 613 233 9191

 fax ++ 1 613 233 5880 

 ICRC participation at the Conference  

Cornelio Sommaruga, President of the ICRC, will be addressing the opening ceremony of the conference. Other ICRC representatives will be giving presentations at the Mine Action Forum on the following issues:

*development of international humanitarian law

*ratification and national implementation

*victim assistance (medical treatment and community-based rehabilitation)

*mine awareness (perspective from the field)

The ICRC will be represented at the conference by:

*Cornelio Sommaruga, President

*Peter Herby, Legal Adviser

*Stuart Maslen, Adviser

*Chris Giannou, Surgeon and Medical Adviser

*Laurence Desvignes, Mine-Awareness Coordinator, ICRC Sarajevo

*Ariane Sand-Trigo, Legal Adviser, ICRC New York

To arrange interviews or meetings with representatives of the ICRC and/or for more information on the ICRC and its campaign against anti-personnel landmines, please contact:

 Mary-Anne Andersen or Catherine Mikton

 ICRC office, Government Conference Centre

 room 405 

 tel.++1 613 795 5501

 tel.++1 613 850 1871

 tel. ++1 613 998 3897

 fax ++ 1 613 998 3755

 Public events  

 Mines in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4 December, 10.30 a.m.  

Cornelio Sommaruga and Laurence Desvignes will present an overview of the mines problem in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ICRC mine-awareness programme. 

Venue: Canadian Red Cross tent, public area in front of Government Conference Centre,

2 Rideau Street, Ottawa.

The ICRC stand in the Government Conference Centre will be distributing press kits and documentation.

ICRC Mines unit, 27 November 1997

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