2019.10.28 16:30

Lithuanian Red Cross partners up with government for crisis response

The Lithuanian Red Cross Society and the government signed on Monday an agreement on cooperation in emergencies, nuclear disasters and crises.

This is the first document detailing areas of cooperation.

“This memorandum demonstrates our commitment to continue working, but this is a political agreement,” Francesco Rocca, the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), told reporters in Vilnius.

“Now, we will need to technically identify the exact areas where we need to invest,” he said.

Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said she appreciated the support that the Red Cross provides for refugees living in Lithuania.

“This is where we'd see a bigger role for them, because NGOs provide the service in a way that is completely different in terms of quality,” she said.

According to Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga, government officials and the Red Cross representatives discussed the almost-completed Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus and Lithuania's preparedness for potential disasters.

Founded in 1919, the Lithuanian Red Cross Society is a member of the Geneva-based IFRC.