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India: ICRC and AALCO strengthen ties

19-12-2002 News Release

The Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and the ICRC signed a cooperation agreement in New Delhi on 17December2002. The agreement confirms existing ties between the two organizations aimed at promoting, enhancing and implementing international humanitarian law and customary law.
AALCO Secretary General Wafik Z. Kamil stressed the need to promote humanitarian law because of its vital role in mitigating the suffering caused by armed conflict and armed violence. The ICRC Delegate General for Asia and the Pacific looked forward to seeing the ICRC and AALCO work together to promote universal compliance with humanitarian law in Asia and Africa, to protect those who suffer the effects of armed conflict.
The AALCO is an intergovernmental organization based in New Delhi. It advises its 45 member governments on international law and promotes the development of international law and cooperation on legal issues among Asian and African countries. In recognition of this pivotal role, the United Nations has granted AALCO the status of Permanent Observer at the UN General Assembly.

 Further information: Surinder Singh Oberoi, ICRC New Delhi, ++91 11 2435 23 38