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United Nations, New York, 9 March 2010

President Treki meets the Commissioner-General of UNRWA

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Ali Abdussalam Treki, met with the newly appointed Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Mr. Filippo Grandi, to discuss the situation for Palestine refugees in the Middle East. The President thanked UNRWA for its vital support to nearly 4.7 million Palestine refugees and congratulated Mr. Grandi on his appointment.

President Treki noted that after more than 60 years the question of Palestine refugees was still awaiting a just and durable solution, based on United Nations resolutions. Mr. Grandi expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip where UNRWA continues to provide health and educational services to refugees. Mr. Grandi emphasized that UNRWA was a voluntarily-funded Agency whose needs grew steadily each year. He stressed the importance of providing UNRWA with the necessary financial and human resources to fulfill its mandate.