Sweden to host donors’ conference for UNRWA

A donors’ conference will be held next month to help fill a funding gap at the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees” in the wake of the U.S. cutting its aid to the agency, Sweden’s deputy UN ambassador said. The U.S. recently announced it would cut some of its funding to UNRWA, citing a need to undertake a fundamental re-examination of the organization, both in the way it operates and the way it is funded. The American cut followed tweets by President Donald Trump in which he questioned the wisdom of providing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority given their refusal to resume peace talks with Israel. The March 15 conference in Rome, hosted by Sweden, Jordan and Egypt, will be attended by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. Both officials have called on countries to step in and fill the gap left from the U.S. cuts. “What we need is for UNRWA to maintain its services. This is not only a humanitarian imperative, it’s also critical for the stability in the broader region,” said Sweden Deputy Ambassador Carl Skau.
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