27. The protecting power.

27.     The protecting power.

The conventions1 must be applied with the co-operation and under the scrutiny of the protecting powers, whose duty it is to safeguard the interests of the parties to the conflict, and the protecting powers may appoint delegates for this purpose2. The high contracting parties may at any time entrust the duties of the protecting powers to an impartial organisation3. If protection cannot be arranged, the detaining power must request or accept the offer of the services of a humanitarian organisation such as the International Committee of the Red Cross to