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Vol. 5 Num 694 Sat. May 13, 2006  
   
International


Rice, Rumsfeld block access to secret detainees: ICRC


The United States has again refused the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to terrorism suspects held in secret detention centres, the humanitarian agency said on Friday.

The overnight statement was issued after talks in Washington between ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger and senior officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

"Kellenberger deplored the fact that the US authorities had not moved closer to granting the ICRC access to persons held in undisclosed locations," the Geneva-based agency said.