Commenting on UNRWA Commissioner-General speech before the UNGA,
CIR: Ongoing Failure of Int’l community to resolve UNRWA crisis to lead to dire consequences
Council on International Relations – Palestine warned of dire consequences if the international community and donors continued to fail to fundamentally solve the financial crisis that UNRWA is going through.
Commenting on the speech of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Mr. Philip Lazzarini, to the United Nations General Assembly, the Council said that the speech contained dangerous points that should be taken into account.
The CIR noted that the seriousness of the situation in the five areas of the agency’s operations in general and in the Gaza Strip, as indicated by Lazarini, unlikely bears other crises in light of the blockade, the spread of Covid-19 and the collapse of the infrastructure, warning that things will explode if these crises continue.
The Council called on the international community to intervene urgently to solve the financial crisis of the Agency, as it is responsible for providing services to millions of Palestinian refugees, and to pressure donors to fulfill their pledges.
In the same context, the Council affirmed that the financial agency crisis is artificially made by some parties, foremost of which is the USA and Israel, to pave the way for ending the institution, to prepare the atmosphere for liquidating the Palestinian refugee issue, the essence of the conflict with the occupation.
The CIR thanked the Agency’s management for the efforts making to resolve the crisis, stressing that the Palestinians would stand by it until they overcome this crisis.
The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Philip Lazzarini, delivered a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Monday in which he referred to the lack of funding that the agency suffers from, calling on the international community to fulfill its promises.