MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Damascus - To the rhythm of Palestinian songs, a troupe of young UNRWA pupils leaped onto the stage for a traditional folklore dance, performing to a packed audience of senior diplomats, United Nations officials and representatives of the Syrian Government and professional community, who turned out at the Damascus Training Centre on 17 May to review the achievements of UNRWA.
On the Lebanese leg of the trip, I joined up with ANERA Board Member and Vice Chair, Fawzi Kawash. In Jordan, ANERA Middle East Representative, Tom Neu, joined us with Hanan Shasha, head of ANERA's Amman office. In Palestine and Israel, ANERA Board Member, Philip Wilcox, joined us for about half of the trip. Dr. Eid Mustafa, member of the ANERA Medical Committee, joined Fawzi Kawash, Philip Wilcox, and me for a couple of meetings.
Appeal launched on 20 March 2003 for CHF 111,039,000 (USD 79.7m or EUR 75.4m) for 305,000 beneficiaries for 9 months.
The Appeal was revised on 5 September 2003, with budgets reduced to CHF 30,937,000 (USD 22m or EUR 19.7m).