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Additional emblem: Pan African Conference encourages initiative

06-10-2000 News Release 00/38

The 5th Pan African Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 21 to 25 September 2000, gave several presidents of African National Societies the opportunity to express their views on the question of an additional emblem.

During talks with Mr Jakob Kellenberger, ICRC President, Dr Abdel Kader Boukhrouf, President of the Algerian Red Crescent, pledged his support for efforts to achieve as wide a consensus as possible, saying he intended to take the matter up personally with the Algerian President.

The National Societies of Togo and Niger called on the Conference to give the process its full support. At the closing session, Ms Bana Maiga Ouandaogo, President of the Burkina Bé Red Cross Society, told the participants that the Conference had served as a reminder of the need to find a just and equitable solution to the emblem issue and encouraged the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which was truly universal, to work toward such a solution.