UK supports Palestinian refugee agency

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Kingdom announced a three-year aid package for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees on Monday, an UNRWA statement said.
UK International Development Minister Alan Duncan lauded the work of UNRWA on a visit to Burj Barajneh refugee camp in the Lebanese capital.

“UNRWA is helping to improve the living standards and long-term prospects for tens of thousands of Palestinians, as well as meeting more immediate humanitarian needs with food and income support for the most vulnerable,” the minister said.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi said the multi-year support will “enable UNRWA to plan ahead to address needs on a longer term basis.”

The aid, which will fund education, ante-natal care, and cash transfers, amounts to £7.5 million already confirmed for 2012 and up to an additional £99.5 million by 2015, the statement said.

Some of the funds will be dependent of UNRWA delivering efficiency reforms, it added.

( / 11.06.2012)

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