Guterres urged countries to provide financial assistance to UNRWA
MOSCOW, September 1 — RIA Novosti. UN chief Antonio Guterres regretted the US decision to stop funding middle Eastern UN Agency for assistance to Palestinian refugees and works (UNRWA) and calls on countries to assist the Agency said in a statement the official representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarric on the organization’s website.
“The Secretary-General encourages other countries to help make up for the financial disadvantage that UNRWA can continue to provide vital assistance,” — said in a statement.
The official U.S. state Department spokesman Heather Nauert on Friday told reporters that the United States will no longer make contributions to UNRWA. Nauert criticized the organization of the work of UNRWA, as the Agency disposed of the allotted funds. She noted that the United States will intensify the discussion of the question of assistance to refugees with the UN, the authorities of the countries hosting them, as well as to interested international players. The proportion of American funds in the annual of 1.2-billion budget of the Agency amounted to about $ 350 million.
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