Sierra Leone: ICRC provides transport for governmental and RUF delegations.
25-02-1996 News Release 96/7
Geneva (ICRC) - On 24 and 25 February 1996 the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), acting as a neutral intermediary, provided transport for representatives of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) from areas under their control to Abidjan, where they are due to participate in the first bilateral meeting with representatives of the government of Sierra Leone.
A helicopter bearing the Red Cross emblem went to two locations in the Sierra Leonean jungle to collect the members of the delegation and take them to Kissidougou in the Republic of Guinea. From there an aircraft, also under ICRC protection, was waiting to fly the RUF representatives to Abidjan. When the negotiations are over, ICRC delegates will supervise the return of both the governmental and the RUF delegations.
The operation was organized by the ICRC at the request of the government of Sierre Leone and the RUF, and has received the support of the authorities of the Republic of Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire.
The ICRC has been working in Sierra Leone and other parts of the region for several years, during which close and regular contact has been established with all parties concerned by the conflict. It considers this operation as being part of its broader activities there.