Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Ahmad Abu Holi, who is also chairman of the PLO Department of Refugee Affairs, 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 the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. He pointed 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.
The PLO official said that UNRWA will continue its work � as mandated by the United Nations � providing services to Palestine refugees until the implementation of Resolution 194 and the return of the 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.
Abu Holi called on the UN 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 the Agency. He underscored 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 1948, as stipulated in Resolution 194.
Source: International Islamic News Agency