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From 9 to 17 December 2021, the Head of the Regional Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Central Asia, Ms. Sangeeta Koenig, visited Turkmenistan.

At the invitation of the Government of Turkmenistan, Ms. Koenig took part in the International Conference "Politics of Peace and Trust - the Basis of International Security, Stability and Development" (Forum of Peace and Trust) and official events organized on the occasion of the Day of Neutrality of Turkmenistan.

During the visit of the Head of the Regional Office of the ICRC in Central Asia, the ICRC organized a meeting with the leadership of the RCSC at the headquarters of the RCSC in Ashgabat, during which a constructive exchange of views took place on a wide range of issues of interaction between the ICRC and the RCSC and further strengthening of fruitful cooperation.

Ms. Sangeeta Koenig also visited the velayat departments of the NRCST in Mary and Lebap velayats, where she met with employees and volunteers of the velayat departments. Ms. Sangeeta Koenig had an interesting conversation with the volunteers of the Society. Volunteers, speaking fluently in English, told the guests about their activities aimed at disease prevention, dissemination of knowledge about International Humanitarian Law, rules of conduct during emergencies. Talking about their activities, volunteers reaffirmed that volunteers are the main driving force in the IRCRC Movement.

At the end of the meeting, Ms. Sangeeta Koenig expressed her gratitude for the fruitful cooperation and hospitality shown by the staff and volunteers of the NRCST.

 

 

THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

– Humanity

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance
without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and
national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose
is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual
understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.

– Impartiality

It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It
endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give
priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

– Neutrality

In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or
engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

– Independence

The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services
of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain
their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the
Movement.

– Voluntary service

It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

– Unity

There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open
to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

– Universality

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status
and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.
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