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Switzerland seeks compromise in row over Red Cross emblem

The ICRC is considering adopting the Red Chevron (right) as a third emblem Keystone

Representatives of nearly 190 signatory countries to the Geneva Conventions are meeting to discuss the introduction of a third additional emblem for the Red Cross humanitarian aid organisation.

This content was published on September 5, 2000 - 21:00

The exploratory conference in Geneva of the Red Cross movement is organised by Switzerland, which is the depository nation of the Convention. The aim is have a new emblem adopted next month.

The latest dispute over a third emblem was sparked by the national Red Cross societies in Israel and the United States. They want the Israeli Red Star of David emblem to be officially recognised. But many Arab countries are strongly opposed to the proposal.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has put forward the idea of introducing a Red Chevron as an alternative emblem to the current Red Cross and the Red Crescent signs.

The emblem of the Red Cross was agreed at a conference in 1863. The signatory states pledged to respect the emblem as the official symbol of individual nations' aid organisations.

Under the convention adopted in 1929, the Red Crescent and the Red Lion were also accepted as official symbols as requested by Islamic countries.

Later, Israel and India called for the recognition of alternative emblems. But their requests were turned down.

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