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Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.
[p.659] ARTICLE 5
. -- ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURE FOR APPOINTMENT
The motive for this provision is the same as in the case of the appointment of deputy members, i.e. to ensure that in all circumstances the Mixed Medical Commissions can work as rapidly and effectively as possible. The attitude of the International Committee of the Red Cross must therefore be governed by prevailing circumstances, and if there is reason to believe that the necessary arrangements can be made more satisfactorily in that way, it must therefore desist from the procedure for appointments and leave the Protecting Power to act in its stead. It might also happen that the International Committee would be unable to make the necessary appointments.