Monday 28 November l2011
Prime Minister, Hon Henry Puna, today reiterated the Cook Islands firm commitment to the Red Cross Movement and international humanitarian law that protects individuals in times of armed conflict.
Addressing the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Geneva Switzerland he said it was important for all members of the international community, both big and small, to work together to support the Red Cross and promote respect for international humanitarian law. “The Cook Islands has been very active in that regard over the past year and our efforts have been widely recognised and appreciated by other countries members of the Red Cross Movement.”
At the conference opening today, Ms Niki Rattle, Secretary-General of the Cook Islands Red Cross Society, was elected unanimously to chair deliberations.“This is an historic event for our country and Ms Rattle is to be congratulated on her election as conference chair. It was important for the Cook Islands to strongly support her on this occasion,” Prime Minister Puna said.
Also attending the Conference are Mr Nga Jessie, President of the Cook Islands Red Cross, Ms Fine Tuitupou, International Humanitarian Law Officer in the Cook Islands Red Cross Society, and Dr Jim Gosselin, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.Convened every four years, more than 180 countries and national societies are represented at the Conference to review the work of the Red Cross Movement and the promotion and protection of human rights, especially in circumstances of armed conflict,