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Reference : V-P-RU-E-00556
Date : 24/11/2008
Country/Region : RUSSIA
Caption : St Petersburg. International Conference on International Humanitarian Law.
Photographer : MELNIK, Vladimir
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Extracts from 24-11-2008 News release 08/216 ICRC Operational Update.
Russian Federation: ICRC president co-chairs conference on law of war and meets members of the Russian Government
St Petersburg (ICRC) – The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, will today attend and co-chair the International Conference on International Humanitarian Law in St Petersburg, Russian Federation.

The conference, organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the ICRC, commemorates the 140th anniversary of the St Petersburg Declaration, an international treaty prohibiting the use of certain explosive weapons which was adopted in 1868 at the initiative of the military authorities of Imperial Russia.

"The St Petersburg Declaration was the first treaty to ban certain weapons," said Mr Kellenberger. "Its fundamental principles and its spirit are central to a number of treaties of international humanitarian law that limit or prohibit the use of a variety of contemporary weapons, and so are still relevant today."

In St. Petersburg, Mr. Kellenberger also had a bilateral meeting with the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

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