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Emergency action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for the North Caucasus and the South of Russia (June 2001)

30-06-2001 Operational Update


End of June the ICRC lifted internal security restrictions on the movements of its loca employees in the Republic of Chechnya and resumed full operational activities. These security limitations had been imposed after a national employee of the organization had been shot and severely wounded at a checkpoint in the Staropromyslovski district in Grozny on May 29.

The decision to resume activities was taken by the ICRC after intensive contacts with Russian government officials and security representatives in Moscow as well as in the North Caucasus.These contacts have convinced the ICRC that its activities in Chechnya have the full support of the government of the Russian Federation.The ICRC has moreover received clear indications from high officials in Chechnya that a serious investigation,allowing to asses the exact causes of the incident,is under way and that units manning check-points have been instructed to facilitate the work of the ICRC.

The ICRC held a two-day regional seminar on war surgery,ringing together 30 participants from the Russian Federation,Georgia Azerbaijan and Armenia in Moscow in June.Among them,10 surgeons and traumatologists working in Chechen hospitals in Grozny, Gudermes, Urus-Martan, Shali, Argun, Kurchaloy as well as surgeons from Khasavyurt and Nazran took part in it.

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