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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/43/654
29 September 1988

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

Forty-third session
Agenda item 76


UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY
FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST


Resumption of ration distribution to Palestine refugees

Report of the Secretary-General


1. The present report is submitted to the General Assembly in pursuance of its resolution 42/69 F of 2 December 1987, the operative paragraphs of which read as follows:

2. The response to the General Assembly's appeal contained in paragraph 2 of the resolution has not been forthcoming. The annual cost of reinstating the basic ration for 1,730,000 eligible refugees would be $68,300,000, which includes $6,250,000 in cash. Since the required additional resources were not made available to UNRWA in 1987, the Agency has had to use the available income to maintain its education, health and welfare programmes at last year's level.

3. Given this lack of additional resources, it has not been possible for the Commissioner-General to consider resumption of the general distribution of basic food rations as requested in paragraph 3 of the resolution.


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*A/42/150.


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