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Afghanistan: Red Cross Access

Volume 416: debated on Wednesday 21 January 1981

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will draw the attention of the United Nations Security Council to the difficulties of the International Red Cross in obtaining permission to serve in Afghanistan during the military conflict.

Her Majesty's Government support the appeal which the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) made on 16th September 1980, and deplore the refusal of the Karmal regime to allow the ICRC to work in Afghanistan. The Government do not, however, consider that the United Nations Security Council is the right place to consider this issue.