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Geneva: MDA-PRCS agreement signed

28-11-2005 News Release 05/69

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement today welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the Magen David Adom (MDA).

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The ICRC's president, Jakob Kellenberger, president of the PRCS, Younis Al-Khatib, MDA chairman Noam Yifrach and Swiss federal councillor, Micheline Calmy-Rey.    

It was signed by Younis Al-Khatib, president of the PRCS, and Noam Yifrach, chairman of the MDA and witnessed by Philippe Cuvillier, member of the Movement’s Standing Commission, Jakob Kellenberger, president of the ICRC, Bengt Westerberg, vice-president of the International Federation and Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss federal councillor who hosted the event.
This agreement will facilitate a successful outcome to the diplomatic conference of 5-6 December 2005 to adopt the Third Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, and pave the way for both Societies'eventual membership of the Movement.
The two Societies also signed an agreement on operational arrangements that will enhance their cooperation when carrying out their humanitarian mandate.
The Movement is also pleased that the Societies will combine their efforts to protect the emblems against misuse and work with their respective authorities to ensure access to victims and respect for International Humanitarian Law.
The Movement is also deeply grateful to the Swiss authorities for their unfailing commitment in facilitating this process.
The signing took place in Geneva at a ceremony presided by the Swiss federal councillor, Micheline Calmy-Rey, and in the presence of representatives of the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.


  For more information, please contact:
  Ian Piper, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva
  Tel: +41 22 730 2063 or +41 79 217 3216 (mobile)
  Marie-Françoise Borel, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva
  Tel: +41 22 730 4346 or +41 79 416 3881.