GAPAR and UNRWA discuss repercussions of financial deficit on Palestinian refugees

Damascus, SANA – Director of the General Authority for Palestine Arab Refugees (GAPAR) Ali Mustafa and Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) affairs in Syria Michael Kingsley-Nyinah discussed on Saturday the effects of the UNRWA financial deficit, the services provided to Palestinian refugees in Syria, and how to deal with the effects of any budget cuts.

Mustafa said that any threat to the work of UNRWA poses a real threat to the Palestinian refugees and their right to return to their homeland, stressing the need for donor and funders to pay their dues to bridge the gap between the UNRWA’s resources and the refugees’ needs.

He added that the UNRWA’s intention to postpone operations at its schools due to the deficit will deprive around 500,000 Palestinian students from education, calling for providing a fixed budget for the Agency from the UN budget.
Mustafa also said that the war on Syria seeks to liquidate the Palestinian cause, something made obvious by the terrorists’ deliberate attacks on Palestinian refugee camps and their attempts to displace the refugees.

For his part, Kingsley-Nyinah said that the UNRWA is committed to helping Palestinian refugees and reaching a just solution for their cause, asserting that the Agency is working hard to keep providing aid and resolve the financial deficit.

He also lauded the support provided by the Syrian government to Palestinian refugees, saying that this support allowed the Agency to continue providing them with services.

Hazem Sabbagh

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