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Source: Secretary-General
Department of Public Information (DPI)
22 June 2011



Spokesperson's Noon Briefing

        Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York


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GAZA: U.N. WELCOMES ISRAEL’S APPROVAL OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, welcomed the “significant step” taken Tuesday with Israel’s approval of construction projects that are to be implemented by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, known as UNWRA.

Mr. Serry said that we will continue to work together with the relevant UN agencies to implement these projects in a timely fashion, so as to improve the situation in Gaza.

The Secretary-General discussed this matter, among other topics, with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in a phone call on Monday. With respect to UN projects in Gaza, the Secretary-General welcomed the progress made and urged speedy implementation of the UN Relief and Works Agency's housing projects in Khan Yunis and Rafah.


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