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Cablegate: Cote D'ivoire Will Support New Red Diamond Emblem

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREF PREL PHUM ICRC IV
SUBJECT: COTE D'IVOIRE WILL SUPPORT NEW RED DIAMOND EMBLEM
AT JUNE 20 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

REF: SECSTATE 95184

On June 16, we met with Ambassador Bernard Tanoh Boutchoue,
Director of the Office of the United Nations and
International Organizations at the Ivoirian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. During our discussion, we raised the points
provided in reftel and again thanked the Ivoirian government
for its vote to support the amendment of the Third Additional
Protocol in December 2005. Boutchoue told us that the
Ivoirian government was fully in favor of adoption of a
neutral emblem for the International Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement. For Cote d'Ivoire, this is not a
political question, it is a question of how to support the
valuable humanitarian work done by the Movement. Boutchoue
promised to contact the Ivoirian Head of Mission in Geneva to
reinforce Cote d'Ivoire's support for the new emblem and
highlight the U.S. government's interest in this matter.
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