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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
27 September 2009


PRESS RELEASE
27 September 2009

UNRWA Commissioner-General pays farewell visit to Syria


Damascus, 27 September 2009

UNRWA Commissioner-General, Karen Koning AbuZayd, arrived in Syria today for her last official visit as head of the Agency.

During her three-day visit Ms. AbuZayd will hold meetings with high-ranking representatives of the government. Ms. AbuZayd will use this visit to thank the Syrian Government for the exemplary cooperation with UNRWA in providing the best services to Palestine refugees during her time as Commissioner-General.

Ms. AbuZayd starts her visit in Aleppo, where tomorrow, 28 September, she will inaugurate the completion of phase I of the Neirab Rehabilitation Project, the biggest and most ambitious shelter rehabilitation project undertaken by UNRWA in Syria.

On 29 September, Ms. AbuZayd will inaugurate facilities in Sbeineh Camp financed by donations from the governments of Germany and the United States.

In the afternoon, Ms. AbuZayd will travel to Yarmouk to take part in the opening of the 2009 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth.

Ms. AbuZayd has served as UNRWA’s Commissioner-General since June 2005 and was the Agency’s Deputy Commissioner-General from 2000 to 2005. She will step down at the end of 2009, but will continue her personal commitment with UNRWA’s mandate.


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