Head of Red Cross Regional Office paying official visit to Belarus
On September 18-19, Head of the Regional Office of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine Jaap Timmer is staying in Belarus on an official visit, BelTA learnt from Irina Karanchuk, the major specialist in communications with mass media of the Belarusian Society of the Red Cross (BSRC).
Mr. Jaap Timmer was elected head of the Regional Office in July 2008. He has already got familiar with the activity of the Red Cross and other international organizations in Russia, Moldova and Ukraine. The major objective of the visit to Belarus is to survey the work of the Belarusian Society of the Red Cross, consider cooperation prospects in the humanitarian area with the heads of the UN Offices, the European Union, the International Organization for Migration, the Office of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Republic of Belarus.
BSRC General Director Viktor Kolbanov said that "the first visit of the head of the Regional Office to Belarus is a good opportunity to discuss the prospects of further cooperation, collaboration in the implementation of various humanitarian programmes in the country".
Mr Jaap Timmer is expected to get familiar with the activity of a mobile diagnostic laboratory of the BSRC Oktyabr regional organization of the Gomel oblast, volunteer projects of the Lenin regional organization of Minsk, meet with the delegates of the Consortium of the Swedish/German/Austrian Red Cross and the Danish Red Cross in the Belarusian Society of the Red Cross.
The Belarusian Society of the Red Cross is a non-governmental organization with the unique status and emblem. Founded in 1921, the charitable organization is financed by voluntary contributions of the people and organizations. The major principles of the activity are humanity, impartiality, independence, voluntariness, unity, universality.