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PAL/1814
17 January 1995


UNRWA REPORTS PROGRESS IN IMPLEMENTING $20 MILLION CONTRIBUTION
FROM SAUDI ARABIA FOR PEACE IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME


VIENNA, 17 January (UNRWA) -- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Commissioner-General, Ilter Turkmen, met yesterday in Vienna with a high-level delegation from the Saudi Fund for Development headed by Yousef Al-Bassam, Director-General of the Technical Department. They reviewed the Agency's progress in implementing projects valued at $20 million in the West Bank and Gaza using Saudi assistance for the Palestinian people.

Project funds earmarked for Gaza include support for upgrading health services, constructing and providing equipment for five Agency schools and shelter rehabilitation. In the West Bank, project funds are being used to upgrade four health centres and nine UNRWA schools, as well as to construct and equip five Agency schools and a polyclinic, and to support health institutions in Jerusalem.

The contribution from Saudi Arabia of $20 million is the largest from a single donor for UNRWA's Peace Implementation Programme which was launched in October 1993 to upgrade local infrastructure and create jobs for Palestinians, especially in the West Bank and Gaza.

During the meeting, the delegation also finalized the details for using the $7.5 million contribution of the Saudi Government to pay the salaries of the Palestinian Police Force through the UNRWA.

The UNRWA Commissioner-General expressed his appreciation to the Saudi Government for its generous support to the Peace Implementation Programme, as well as for its contribution to the Agency's regular programmes.




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