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UEFA President visits ICRC

11-12-2001 News Release 01/66

Geneva (ICRC) - On 11 December Mr Lennart Johansson, President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), paid an official visit to the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where he was received by ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger. On behalf of UEFA, Mr Johansson handed over a contribution of 1 million Swiss francs for ICRC operations worldwide.

Mr Kellenberger thanked Mr Johansson for UEFA's longstanding support. " Your generous contribution is of vital importance to us, as humanitarian assistance continues to be critically needed around the world " , the ICRC President said. " Thanks to its unfailing support since 1997, UEFA has become a key partner in the ICRC's ongoing efforts to bring aid to victims of war. "

During his visit Mr Johansson was accompanied by Mr Gerhard Aigner, Chief Executive Officer of UEFA. The discussions focused on the ICRC's main activities, in particular its field operations.