Jerusalem (UNA-OIC) � The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said on Monday that its mandate comes only from the UN General Assembly, which created it in1950 following the Palestinians' dispersion from their homeland with Israel's creation by a UN resolution in 1947, WAFA reported.
UNRWA's response came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the agency perpetuates the narrative of the so-called 'right of return' with the aim of eliminating the State of Israel and called for cutting aid to UNRWA until it ceases to exist.
UNRWA spokesman Sami Mushasha said in response to Netanyahu's statement that what perpetuates the problem of Palestinian refugees is failure of the parties to deal with this issue, which should be resolved by the parties to conflict through peace negotiations based on UN resolutions and international law as well as active involvement from the international community.
He added that UNRWA, which began operations on 1 May 1950, was funded by contributions from UN member states and whose services encompass education, healthcare, social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, and it has a mandate to continue with its mission until there is a just and lasting solution to the Palestine refugees issue.
Netanyahu's statement came after US President Donald Trump and his UN Ambassador Nikky Haley had also threatened to cut financial aid to the Palestinians, including to UNRWA, if the Palestinians do not return to the negotiation table with Israel.
Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency