Finland ups donation to Palestinians

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May 22, 2013 00:29

 
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Finland announced on Tuesday the allocation of an additional 1.5 million euros to the General Fund of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees.

The announcement was made by Finland’s foreign minister, Erkki Tuomioja, during a visit to the Gaza Strip.

The funding will support UNRWA’s regular program to Palestinian refugees living in the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, according to a statement issued by UNRWA.

Accepting the donation, UNRWA commissioner-general Filippo Grandi said that the “humanitarian gesture comes at critical time and will ensure the continued delivery of regular services to refugees despite the difficult circumstances.” Earlier this year, Finland donated three million euros to UNRWA’S General Fund.

Tuomioja said that his country recognizes the importance of UNRWA’s work with Palestinian refugees, particularly in the Gaza Strip.

“More than ever, UNRWA requires adequate funds to fulfill its core mandate,” he said. “At the same time we welcome further efforts by the Agency to reform and to ensure the long-term sustainability of its essential services.”

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