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Republic of the Congo: Open day for the Brazzaville media

08-04-1998 News Release 98/14

About 20 representatives of the local press were delighted to accept the ICRC's invitation to attend an " open day " organized for them in Brazzaville on 27 March.

The event, which was the first of its kind to be held since the end of the conflict in the Republic of the Congo, took place at the headquarters of the Congolese Red Cross. It gave the journalists an opportunity not only to become better acquainted with the ICRC's operation in the country but also to exchange views with the head of delegation and the staff in charge of each field of activity.

The ICRC has been working in Congo-Brazzaville on a permanent basis since 1993. At present it is still providing assistance for the victims of the conflict that ravaged the country last year. In the area of protection and assistance for detainees, negotiations are under way between the ICRC and the Congolese government on a memorandum of understanding that would give the organization access to all detainees and all places of detention in the Republic.

The ICRC delegation in Congo-Brazzaville comprises 15 expatriate and 120 locally hired staff.