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  • 11:33 - 14 June 2022

UNRWA Commissioner-General: Palestine refugees have the right to a dignified life

Beirut, (Drah-agencies)--

UNRWA Commissioner-General Philip Lazzarini during his statement before the UNRWA Advisory Committee, in June 2022 said that Palestine refugees have the right to a dignified life.

He also noted that they have the right to being constantly and continuously remembered as a community that awaits a fair and lasting solution to its plight.

Lazzarini was quoted as saying: "As Commissioner-General, I am responsible and accountable for enacting and implementing the mandate that UNRWA receives". 

But today, the Agency faces the most threatening financial situation of its recent history, he claimed.

In addition, Lazzarini claimed in his statement that the recent financial crisis does not happen in a vacuum: it happens amidst global attention shifting elsewhere, and general fatigue from what is seen by some as an irritatingly long and unresolved conflict.

He added: It may be irritatingly long at the international political level, but for Palestinians, it is their daily lives, their past and their future that is at stake.

Meanwhile, UNRWA, the only entity that provides a sense of normality and safety to Palestine refugees is threatened with paralysis, he said.

Lazzarini also mentioned that he leads an extensive outreach to reassure the communities that there will be no transfer of services or delegation of responsibilities to other UN Agencies.

UNRWA is the sole entrusted Agency to deliver on the mandate given by the UN General Assembly, he noted.

Lazzarini declared "We need unity, courage, vision and leadership to find solutions to fulfil the General Assembly’s commitment to Palestine refugees. The Agency does not need more detractors".


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