UN chief expresses support for agency’s work assisting Palestine refugees

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed concerns over recent public criticism of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the integrity of its operations, calling on all Member States to continue to support the agency in discharging its important humanitarian mandate.

According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, the UN chief also expressed his support and admiration for UNRWA’s role in delivering essential services and protecting the rights of millions of Palestine refugees across the Middle East.

“UNRWA operates in the front lines of difficult conflict situations and provides education for half a million refugee girls and boys, teaching them human rights and tolerance. Its education and relief activities contribute critically to stability in the region,” read the statement.

It added: “The Secretary-General calls on all [UN] Member States to continue their support to the Agency in order for UNRWA to be in a position to fulfil impartially and efficiently its essential role and to implement its humanitarian mandate to serve Palestinian refugees until a just and durable solution to their situation is found.”
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