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ICRC president visits Uganda

30-06-2005 News Release 05/36

Geneva/Kampala (ICRC) – The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, held talks in Kampala yesterday with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

Their discussions focused on the 2001 killing of six ICRC employees in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ICRC visits to military places of detention in Uganda and other activities in the country, as well as regional issues.

The ICRC has welcomed the opportunity to raise these issues at the highest level and looks forward to strengthening its confidential dialogue with the Ugandan authorities. The organization decided in 2004 to gradually resume field operations in northern and eastern Uganda to respond to the most urgent needs of an estimated two million displaced people as well as to protect and assist those affected by the country’s long-running internal conflict.

The ICRC has been in Uganda since 1979, where it works together with the Uganda Red Cross Society and other organizations. In 2005 it expects to assist some 700,000 people in the country.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Pierre-André Conod, ICRC Kampala, tel. +256 41 230 517 / 232 450  

 Marco Yuri Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 79 217 32 17