Representatives of 70 countries are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to draw up new codes of conduct for modern warfare, especially guerrilla fighting methods.
GV & SV EXTERIOR..Red Cross building and flag
GV INTERIOR..conference hall
SV & CU Pictet Gaillard, President of Red Cross
SV PAN..Japanese delegates
SV Sudanese and Mexican delegates
SV Swedish delegates
SV South African delegation
SV Soviet delegation
SV Republic of Vietnam delegate
SV U.K. delegates
SCU Nigeria sign, ZOOM OUT to delegates
SV Korean delegates
SV French delegate
SV Kuwait delegates
GV Conference Hall
Initials ES. 1430 ES. 1500
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Background: Representatives of 70 countries are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to draw up new codes of conduct for modern warfare, especially guerrilla fighting methods. The conference, called by the International Committee of the Red Cross, opened on Wednesday (May 3rd). It will last a month.
Red Cross officials note that since 1945 most conflicts in the world have been civil or regional in nature. Since the distinction between soldier and civilians is often blurred in guerrilla conflicts, the 1949 Geneva Conventions become hard to apply. The current conference is attempting to clear up these problems.
One of the proposals before the conference deals with a means of identification for guerrilla fighters, another with protection of civilians who might be used as cover by querrillas. Other protocols presented to the Red Cross meeting for consideration deal with civil wars and better ways of ensuring respect of Red Cross medical flights.