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ICRC Chief Raises Detainee Concerns with Bush


The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has met with President Bush to discuss concerns about detainees held at U.S. facilities in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Red Cross officials in Geneva say the Monday talks between ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger and Mr. Bush in Washington focused on the humanitarian agency's concerns regarding U.S. detentions, ICRC relief operations and armed conflicts worldwide.

A White House spokesman Tuesday said the president's meeting with Mr. Kellenberger focused on a wide range of issues, but he did not give details. The spokesman said that when the ICRC has concerns, the Bush administration listens.

Mr. Kellenberger also met Monday with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and he is scheduled to meet with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld later today.

The ICRC has been at odds with the Bush administration over the status of prisoners since the 2001 U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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