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Agreement concluded between ICRC and Mexican Government

27-05-1998 News Release 98/18

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Government of Mexico reached an agreement on 26 May allowing the ICRC to resume its humanitarian work in the state of Chiapas. The agreement supersedes a previous accord dating back to January 1994.

The ICRC will begin by conducting an independent survey of needs in the communities affected by the events in Chiapas. In cooperation with the Mexican Red Cross Society and other members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, it will then launch a number of humanitarian activities to meet the needs observed.

The agreement also confirms ICRC access to all detainees falling within its purview. Visits to these detainees will be carried out in accordance with the ICRC  procedures.

The ICRC welcomes the new agreement, which will help improve the plight of people affected by the situation in Chiapas.