FEDERATION OF RED
CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES
DELEGATION IN AZERBAIJAN
Visit of the Swiss Government Representatives
Three officials from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
representing the Government of Switzerland - Mr. Markus Baechler, Deputy Head
of Europe Division, Mr. Beat von Daniken, Programme Officer/Division of Humanitarian
Aid and Swiss Disaster Relief Unit and Mr. Rene Kueng, Deputy Coordinator, visited
Azerbaijan on 1-2 November 2001.
The aim of the SDC representatives' visit was to get a first-hand information
about the programmes implemented by the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) in co-operation with the Azerbaijan Red Crescent
Society (AzRC) in the Southern regions of Azerbaijan.
The SDC officials visited the Southern IDP Camps and familiarized themselves
with the projects currently implemented by the IFRC/AzRC within the Community
Development Programme ('Agriculture', 'Women Committees', 'Children Support',
'Skills Development', 'Special Assistance', 'Meals on Wheels') and targeting
about 32,000 IDPs living in the seven camps in Sabirabad, Bilasuvar, Saatli
and surrounding areas.
On 2 November 2001, the Swiss government representatives visited two villages
of Fizuli district - Shukurbeyli, where the IFRC has been finishing rehabilitation
and repatriation project targeting about 170 IDP families settled in the Southern
Camps, and Alkhanli, where the similar project has just started and will make
possible the return of some 140 IDP families from the Southern Camps to their
homes of origin.
The Swiss Government have been contributing through SDC and Swiss Red Cross
Society to the IFRC/AzRC projects for the last three years. With this visit
of SDC representatives to Azerbaijan it is hoped that the fruitful cooperation
For more information, please contact
Nigar Garibova at the Information Department of the Azerbaijan Delegation
of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Tel: (99 4 12) 92 57 92 Fax: (99 4 12) 97 18 89