EU’s Borrell warns against cutting UNRWA funds 

EU’s Borrell warns against cutting UNRWA funds 
EU’s Borrell warns against cutting UNRWA funds 

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell attends a meeting of foreign ministers from the EU, Indo-Pacific and Asean countries, in Brussels, Belgium February 2, 2024. — Reuters pic

BRUSSELS, Feb 5 — European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned on Sunday that moves to suspend the funding of UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA were extremely ill-advised.

“Defunding UNRWA would be both disproportionate and dangerous,” Borrell said of the agency which is embroiled in controversy over the alleged involvement of employees in the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel.

“While some important donors suspended funding, there is a wide recognition that UNRWA is central to providing vital aid to more than 1.1 million people in Gaza suffering from catastrophic hunger and the outbreak of diseases.”

“Defunding the agency would put hundreds of thousands of lives at risk,” said Borrell.

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He added in a blog article that “the agency has taken immediate steps and launched an investigation,” calling the allegations serious and which should not go unpunished if true.

His comments come with more than a dozen countries, including major donors the United States, Germany, Britain and Sweden, having suspended funding to UNRWA over accusations that 12 staff members were involved in the October 7 attack.

The agency — which has received a Norwegian nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize — has warned it will have to cease operations by the end of the month should funding be significantly pulled.

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The UN has announced an audit into UNRWA’s operations saying that it would determine whether the body should be suspended based on the results of that investigation.

Borrell said he was convinced the inquiry would be completed before the launch of an independent external investigation ahead of the next payment from the European Commission due at month’s end.

Borrell added that suspended total funds currently amount to “more than US$440 million, or around half the agency’s expected funds for 2024.”

He warned such a shortfall called into danger the agency’s very existence.

In response to the October 7 attack, which resulted in the deaths of some 1,200 people, mainly civilians, Israel vowed to wipe out Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that the UN agency had been “totally infiltrated” by the group, which has ruled Gaza since 2007.

Israel has responded to the attack with an air and ground offensive that has killed 27,365 people, mainly civilians, according to a Hamas health ministry toll updated Sunday. — AFP

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