RAMALLAH, November 15 (Xinhua) – The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) on Monday called on the donors’ conference in Brussels to unconditionally support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Several donor countries are scheduled to gather on Tuesday in the Belgian capital Brussels in the oversight of Jordan and Sweden to discuss a resumption of financial support for the UN agency and the Palestinian Authority.
Ahmad Abu Holi, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, said in a press release that the donors’ conference is called upon to support UNRWA strategically from 2023 to 2028.
“The financial support of international donors will enable UNRWA to ensure the basic humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees,” said Abu Holi, head of the PLO’s Refugee Affairs Division.
He also called on the donors’ conference “not to link their financial support to UNRWA with the international and regional crises.”
The senior PLO official expressed hope that the donors’ conference will succeed in achieving its goals of securing long-term financial support for UNRWA and providing financial contributions that drive the Agency towards financial stability in its budgets.
On Sunday, UNRWA spokeswoman Sami Mshasha said that “the lack of sufficient funding and the absence of a continuous flow of grants will affect the agency’s ability to pay salaries to its employees on time over the next two months.”
“There are still hopes at the donors’ meeting, scheduled for Brussels on Tuesday, to raise the level of support and develop sustainable long-term financing mechanisms for the agency,” he added.
UNRWA was formed by the UN General Assembly in 1949 and was tasked with providing assistance and protection to some 5.6 million Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.