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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
9 January 2009






STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE
UN SPECIAL COORDINATOR FOR THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS, ROBERT SERRY
AND UNRWA COMMISSIONER-GENERAL, KAREN ABUZAYD
ON UN OPERATIONS IN GAZA
For Immediate Release
9 January 2009


In a high level meeting today at Israeli Ministry of Defense Headquarters in Tel Aviv, the UN was informed that the incidents which led to a temporary suspension of UN staff movements are deeply regretted and do not reflect official government policy. The UN received credible assurances that the security of UN personnel, installations and humanitarian operations would be fully respected, including undertakings of improved liaison and more effective internal coordination within the IDF.

On this basis, UN staff movements suspended yesterday will resume as soon as possible. The UN will keep the safety and security of its staff under constant review.

The UN urges the parties to respect United Nation Security Council Resolution 1860, in particular its call for the unimpeded provision and distribution throughout Gaza of humanitarian assistance, and for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire.

For further information contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: +972-(0)54-240-2659
Office: +972-(0)2-589-0267

Richard Miron
Chief Public Information Officer, UNSCO
Mobile: + 972 545627825
Office: +972 25687892




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