Oct 3, 2018, 9:53 AM
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Over 100 US Congressmen call for financial aids to UNRWA

Tehran, Oct 3, IRNA – One hundred and 12 members of US Congress in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for suspension of a US administration plan to cut financial aids to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

According to Palestinian media, the signatories emphasized the fact that US administration’s decision to cut financial aids to UNRWA, Quds hospitals, West Bank and Gaza will threaten stability in the region.

The US Congress has approved bilateral aids to West Bank, Gaza Strip and UNRWA with the agreement of both parties (Republicans and Democrats) and after much scrutiny, and this measure means ignoring Congress's decisions, the letter read.

Financial assistance to the West Bank and Gaza will help improve the lives of the Palestinians and strengthen security in the region, the Congress members reiterated.

The US Department of State, blocking 65 million dollars of the original 125 million dollars of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian refugees, announced that giving more aid depends on fundamental modifications by the UN agency in Palestine.

Meanwhile, Hannan Ashrawi senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in a separate statement slammed the US act saying 'The US administration is demonstrating the use of cheap blackmail as a political tool.'

'The Palestinian people and leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb to coercion. The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale,' Ashrawi said.

'There is no glory in constantly bullying and punishing people under occupation. The US administration has already demonstrated meanness of spirit in its collusion with the Israeli occupation and its theft of land and resources….now it is exercising economic meanness by punishing the Palestinian victims of this occupation,' she added.

Earlier the European Union announced that after the US cutting aids to UNRWA, the European Union allocated €40m to the agency.

'We will add €40 million to our financing to @UNRWA on top of the funding we are already providing [..] We will continue to invest in that because we think this is a key, not only humanitarian duty, but also investment in the two state solution,' the European External Action Service (EEAS) quoted the European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini as saying in UNRWA ministerial meeting and Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting.

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