Arab League denounces end of US funding for UNRWA

Cairo, The Arab League on Saturday condemned the US decision to halt funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and held Washington accountable for its consequences.

Secretary General of the pan-Arab organisation, Ahmad Aboul Gheit, said the US move was humanely and morally irresponsible, adding that Washington will bear the responsibility for the enormous damage it inflicts on five million Palestinian refugees dependent on UNRWA services, particularly health, education and employment.

The Arab League chief said that the United States, through this unjust measure, is relinquishing its political and moral responsibility toward the plight of Palestinian refugees, which had been waiting for a solution for seventy years.

Aboul Gheit stressed that the US administration’s decision would exacerbate UNRWA’s problems and crises and have adverse repercussions not only the refugees themselves, but on the Arab countries hosting them, particulaly Jordan and Lebanon.

He further said that the US decision is complicating the problems in the Middle East, adding that it does not contribute to regional stability in any way.

Aboul Gheit’s spokesman, Mahmoud Afifi, said that the objectives behind the decision are now clear, noting that the US administration has not concealed its desire to take the issues of Jerusalem and refugees off the table of negoations between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

He said the US approach would empty any peace process of its content and is deemed as a complete and regrettable bias toward the vision of the Israeli occupation, which seeks to impose a final solution on the Palestinians that is void of justice or sustainability.

Afifi explained that the Arab league chief would discuss with the UNRWA Commissioner-General the crisis arising from the cut in US funding, especially as the refugee agency has just opened its schools for some 300,000 Palestinian refugee children.

Source: Jordan News Agency

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