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State of Palestine: 'Not for sale' -  UNRWA’s dignity remains priceless after US aid cut03:39

State of Palestine: 'Not for sale' - UNRWA’s dignity remains priceless after US aid cut

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Gaza
January 22, 2018 at 16:39 GMT -00:00 · Published

Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched the 'Dignity is priceless' global campaign in Gaza, Monday, to support UNRWA and its operations following the US cut in aid to the organisation.

Speaking to members of the press and students observing from the balconies of UNRWA Rimal girls preparatory school in Gaza, Krahenbuhl pledged UNRWA’s determination to keep the organisation's operations running despite the US's "abrupt and harmful" reduction in its aid.

According to Krahenbuhl, the campaign sought to connect with "solidarity and sympathy" for the Palestinian refugees and that UNRWA stayed funded." He vowed "that UNRWA's mandate is firmly protected in the General Assembly," adding that "Our mandate is not for sale and it was extended by 167 countries."

The US recently announced that it was scaling back its aid to UNRWA from a projected $300 million (€245 million) to only $60 million (€49 million), a decision which was met by criticism.

State of Palestine: 'Not for sale' -  UNRWA’s dignity remains priceless after US aid cut03:39
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Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched the 'Dignity is priceless' global campaign in Gaza, Monday, to support UNRWA and its operations following the US cut in aid to the organisation.

Speaking to members of the press and students observing from the balconies of UNRWA Rimal girls preparatory school in Gaza, Krahenbuhl pledged UNRWA’s determination to keep the organisation's operations running despite the US's "abrupt and harmful" reduction in its aid.

According to Krahenbuhl, the campaign sought to connect with "solidarity and sympathy" for the Palestinian refugees and that UNRWA stayed funded." He vowed "that UNRWA's mandate is firmly protected in the General Assembly," adding that "Our mandate is not for sale and it was extended by 167 countries."

The US recently announced that it was scaling back its aid to UNRWA from a projected $300 million (€245 million) to only $60 million (€49 million), a decision which was met by criticism.

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