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Monday, November 10, 2008

Eve of Andean Forum in Ecuador

Quito, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian authorities are putting Monday the final touches on the Second Andean Meeting of the International Humanitarian Right, to be run November 4-5 here, attended by delegates from Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and this country.

The meeting, to be carried out in the Foreign Affairs Ministry building, will facilitate exchange and cooperation between the Humanitarian Rights Commissions of the Andean Community member nations.

Four working tables will analyze issues related to measures stipulated on the use of force and protection of people in riot situations.

Participants in the event will also evaluate collaboration between the Andean nations in relevant projects for the implementation of the international humanitarian right.

Emilio Izquierdo, assistant secretary of the Multilateral Relations department of the Ecuadorian Foreign Affairs Ministry, and Cristopher Martin, regional delegate of the International Red Cross Committee, will be in charge of the opening ceremony.

Also attending are executives from the Ecuadorian Red Cross, and Heike Spieker, chief of the International Law Department at the German Red Cross.

According to official sources, Ecuador is the nation with largest number of Latin American refugees, because nearly one million Colombians are living in this country.

Those people fled the armed conflict in Colombia, which has been worsened with current President Alvaro Uribe.

The acceptance and attention to those citizens have been recognized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, who supports the national government in these works in the country's northern community.

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