HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPOKESMAN'S NOON BRIEFING

BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC
ASSOCIATE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

Thursday, January 20, 2005

*PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Noon Briefing on Friday as UN Headquarters will be closed
to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha, or the “Feast of the Sacrifice.”

UNRWA CHIEF BEING REPLACED AFTER NINE YEARS IN POST

  • Asked whether Peter Hansen was being replaced as Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) because of U.S. and Israeli pressure, the Spokesman said that was not the case.
      
  • He noted that, by the end of March, Hansen will have completed three full terms and an additional month as head of UNRWA. Hansen, he said, has done a very good job leading the dedicated UNRWA staff in providing vital assistance, under very difficult circumstances, to the Palestinian refugee communities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and in the region.
      
  • The Spokesman added that the Secretary-General feels that after nine years, it is time for a change and someone else will take the leadership of UNRWA.
      
  • Asked whether U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, during a recent UN visit, had asked for Hansen to leave, the Spokesman said he was unaware of that. 

 

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