"UNRWA" underestimates the usefulness of Kouchner´s remarks on the integration of Palestinian refugees in Arab countries

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Saturday played down the usefulness of statements made by US President George W. Bush's adviser on efforts to improve the integration of Palestinian refugees into the Arab state.

"The statements by Kouchner on the Palestinian refugee issue do not advance, delay or affect the continuation of our work in the provision of our services," UNRWA spokesman Sami Masha'a told Voice of Palestine radio.

He added that "many attempts have been made in the past to convince Palestinian refugees and host countries to keep them where they are, stressing the existence of an international consensus through international resolutions required that the issue of the Palestinians must resolve a just political solution in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations."

Kouchner noted in a telephone interview with reporters on Thursday that the American plan to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, known as the "Deal of the Century" will seek to improve the integration of Palestinian refugees in Arab countries.

Kouchner hinted that he preferred to normalize the situation of Palestinian refugees who fled or were forced to flee their country at the time of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and their children and grandchildren.

He pointed out that a similar number of Jews fled or expelled from Arab countries and were absorbed in different places, while the Arab world did not absorb many of these Palestinian refugees.

He said that the work to cancel the Agency and its continued provision of services and weakening and drying up its resources "is not new, but the issuance of continuous statements in this regard is disturbing and disturbing."

He called on all countries to provide financial support to the Agency as well as to the political in order to maintain the international organization until the solution of the refugee issue is resolved.

He said UNRWA's continued delivery of its services under the political and financial support of 42 countries around the year "is a strong message and a signal that we are on the right track despite all the threats."

He pointed out that the Agency is facing an important benefit in September because it will see the General Assembly vote to renew the mandate of UNRWA for another three years, expressing the hope to get the largest number of countries as in 2016.

Established by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in 1949, UNRWA provides services to some five million registered Palestine refugees in its five regions - Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

UNRWA services include education, health care, relief, social services, infrastructure, camp improvement and microcredit.


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