PRESS RELEASE FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2002
22 Nov 2002 04:15 PM
On learning of the death of Iain Hook Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
and International Development Secretary Clare Short issued the
"This is a terrible event. We will do everything possible to ensure
that there is a full investigation. We send our deepest condolences
to Iain Hook's family and friends at this time"
The Foreign Secretary placed a call to Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli
Foreign Minister, on landing from the NATO Summit in Prague. Mr
Netanyahu expressed his sincere condolences to the family of Iain
Hook for his death, however it had happened. Mr Netanyahu promised an
immediate investigation and gave an undertaking to share the results
as soon as he had them.
Iain Hook was employed as a consultant through Crown Agents under
contract to the Department For International Development. He was
working on a technical assistance project to help the United Nations
Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) rebuild the Jenin camp with financing
from United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Society.
Notes for Editors
Crown Agents deployed two UK staff (and a third to follow) to be
based in the UNRWA office in Jenin to support work in rebuilding
Jenin refugee camp, which was destroyed by the IDF in Operation
Defensive Shield in April. Iain Hook had been working with UNRWA
since October 2002 and the contract was for 18 months - two years.
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