UNRWA Commissioner General Appeals for Arab Funds
In view of what Mr al-Bakheet called “the critical political situation in the region”, he told the meeting of host governments and major donors to UNRWA that it was important to support the Agency, thus supporting “peace and stability”. He said this was a matter of the highest national priority for his government and a matter of “Jordanian national security”.
Later, addressing the UNRWA meeting, its Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi, said “the events sweeping the region have resonated in the Palestinian refugee communities, where grievances about long-denied rights, as well as aspirations for a better life, run deep.” Announcing a projected deficit for 2011 of US$ 63 million, he appealed to Arab donors who he said gave generously for projects and relief. While their share of UNRWA’s core budget “increased last year to 3 per cent”, Grandi said “we really need a much bigger increase”.
In conclusion he said: “The prolonged stagnation of the peace process is an increasing threat to the region’s stability.” He called on the “political actors to take the bold steps necessary to embrace urgently a framework to end the conflict leading to the establishment of a viable Palestinian State, thriving in peace and mutual security with its neighbours and to a just and lasting solution to the refugee question. As the refugees emerged from — and exist as a consequence of — the 1948 conflict, addressing their plight, with their engagement and consent, is a prerequisite for a resolution of the conflict.”
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