FM warns of consequences of UNRWA financial deficit

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi warned of the serious consequences of the continued financial deficit facing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

During a telephone call with UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl, Safadi outlined the challenges facing the Agency and the next steps that the Kingdom and the Agency will take to provide the necessary support to ensure the Agency’s ability to provide educational, health and relief services to Palestine refugees in the Agency’s five areas of operation.

The minister stressed the necessity of rallying the international community to address this deficit to enable the Agency to continue services to Palestine refugees.

Safadi stressed that enabling UNRWA to continue its services is an international responsibility towards the refugees whose issue is one of the most important final status issues that must be resolved on the basis of the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy, particularly the UN Resolution 194 and the Arab Peace Initiative.

In March, the Kingdom organized an international conference in Rome to support UNRWA in coordination with Egypt. The conference, which generated over $100 million in financial support, was attended by more than 70 countries.

The Kingdom and Sweden also organized a conference to support UNRWA on the sidelines of last year’s UN General Assembly.

Krahenbuhl praised the efforts exerted by the Kingdom to find effective solutions to the Agency’s financial challenges and to ensure the continued international support of the Agency.

The foreign minister will meet with Krahenbuhl next week to discuss means of coordinating efforts to mobilize political and financial support for the agency.

Source: Jordan News Agency