PLO Executive Committee: US administration does not have the right to determine fate of UNRWA’s mandate

RAMALLAH, Member of the PLO Executive Committee Ahmad Abu Holi, who holds the position of the Chairman of the PLO’s Refugees Affairs Department, said the US administration does not have the right to determine the fate of UNRWA’s mandate.

In a statement issued on Monday, Abu Holi rejected the call made by the White House to change UNRWA’s mandate, pointing out that such call is coupled with the hostility campaign led by the Israeli government against UNRWA and with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s accusations that its continued mandate has perpetuated and prolonged the refugee issue.

Abu Holi said that UNRWA will continue its work – as mandated by the United Nations – providing services to Palestinian refugees until the implementation of Resolution 194 and the return of Palestinian refugees to the homes they were displaced from in 1948.

He stressed that the UNRWA is a stabilizing factor in the region and any attempt to eliminate it will push the region into more violence and instability.

He called on the United Nations to provide sustained financial support to UNRWA’s budget to ensure its continuity in response to the White House’s call to change the mandate of UNRWA.

Abu Holi said that Palestinians in the Diaspora and their homeland will drop the American plot that targets their cause, including the right to return to its homes they were forced to leave in the year 1948; as stipulated in Resolution 194.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency

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