Jordan meeting for EU, Arab leaders to discuss UNRWA funding

Findings will be presented to international donors

12 June, 11:52

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, JUNE 12 - Officials from several EU countries are scheduled to meet in Amman with representatives of Arab government to discuss financial problems of the Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, organizers said on Teusday.

    The meeting will be held in the Jordanian capital on June 18 as representatives of a total of 25 governments will convene to study means of providing a clear view about need of UNRWA and prepare comprehensive understanding of the crucial needs in several sectors. The findings will be presented to international donors during an upcoming meeting later this month, UNRW source told ANSA.

    Palestinian and Jordanian officials are concerned about future of UNRWA, which provides services in health, education and social sectors to several millions in the kingdom, the West Bank and Gaza.

    Earlier this year, international donors pledged some support to help UNRWA continue operation in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, but the funds remain well bellow needed amounts, amid talk of a wobbling $174 deficit, according to UNRWA officials.

    UNRWA has been contemplating the idea of suspending some of the services, scaling down operation in certain sectors or seeking alternative funding resources.

    Sources in the organization said several countries have stopped providing funding, putting at risk the future of the organization as it provides education, health and social services to nearly 20 refugee camps in the region.

    The US administration has reportedly stopped its annual funding of nearly $130 million to UNRWA as of the beginning of this year, putting at risk entire operation due to the fact that the US represents the major donor since the UN body was established in 1948. (ANSAmed)
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