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UAE reiterates its commitment to continue financial and economic aid to UNRWA

posted on 27/09/2009: 694 views

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) appreciates humanitarian efforts made by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) aimed at providing health, educational, social and humanitarian services to the Palestinian refugees, and reiterates its commitment to continue its financial and economic assistance to the Palestine refugee communities.

'This also includes the annual contribution of the UAE to the Agency's regular budget and its direct and indirect financing of the infrastructure projects in the Palestinian camps,' said UAE Minister of State H.E. Reem Al Hashimy in an intervention she made in New York on Thursday before the High-Level Event of UNRWA's 60th Anniversary as part of 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly's First Debate Panel on "Contributing to a Better Future: UNRWA's Record and Road Ahead".

Al Hashimy added :'In this regard, the UAE calls upon the international community to carry out its political, legal and humanitarian responsibility towards these Palestinian refugees and ensure its fulfillment of the following obligations: To force Israel, the Occupying State, to stop its repeated aggression against the Palestinian refugee camps and remove all blockades and closures, including obstacles placed by Israel in the way of the plans and programs of the Agency and on the movement of its personnel, in order to enable the Agency to undertake its humanitarian work in accordance to the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy, international law, the 1967 Comay-Michelmore Agreement and the Fourth Geneva Convention and its two Protocols.

To reiterate the responsibility of the United Nations towards the Palestinian refugees as an inseparable part of the Palestinian issue and the comprehensive settlement.

'This requires supporting the mandate of UNRWA until a just and permanent settlement for the refugees is achieved in accordance with General Assembly resolution 194, and in order to ensure the voluntary return of the refugees to their homes and their receipt of the necessary compensation for all the damages they have suffered throughout the past decades,' she indicated.

To call upon the international community, particularly donor countries and specialized financial and economic institutions such as the World Bank, to double their contributions and donations to the UNRWA programs, in order to enable the Agency to overcome the difficulties it faces and narrow the enormous gap in its budget. This will ensure the expansion of its humanitarian services to the Palestinian refugees.

'In this regard, we call upon donor countries to fulfill their financial commitments of financing the rebuilding of Al Bared Camp in north Lebanon and alleviate the suffering of 34,000 people who live in this camp. The UAE is one of the first countries to fulfill its financial obligations in the reconstruction plan of the camp. Moreover, a number of temporary schools and hospitals were built in the Camp by various charity institutions in the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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