Palestine refugees: UNRWA chief calls on international community to work towards a credible political solution in the Middle East
June 20, 2016
The situation continues to be dire for Palestinians: 95% of Palestine refugees in Syria are dependent on humanitarian aid and 65% of young Gazans are unemployed, according to Pierre Krähenbühl, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), who discussed their situation with the European Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees last week.
The UNRWA chief called on the international community to work towards a credible political solution for the problems of the Middle East, and in an interview with the EP’s newsroom, he said: “In Europe we have to understand that when we fail to invest in conflict resolution, we end up with protracted humanitarian crises causing people to leave the region. So recreating the political horizon is the first step, while investing in education and human development is the other provider of hope. And with over 50% of UNRWA’s core budget coming from the EU and its member states, the financial and diplomatic support of the EU is very important.” (EU Neighbourhood Info)