UN urges Arab states to bolster their support for refugees
The commissioner general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) called on Arab states Thursday to bolster their support for the refugees, DPA reports.
Speaking during a meeting of the Arab League's Foreign Ministers' Council in Cairo, Filippo Grandi noted that the agency continues to face an 80-million-dollar shortfall and is expecting another deficit in 2011.
"While we are genuinely grateful for your consistent assistance over the decades, we cannot - and must not - avoid the reality of how much more needs to be done to address the challenges faced by UNRWA and Palestine refugees," Grandi said.
The Arab foreign ministers were meeting in Cairo to discuss the ongoing Middle East peace talks, which entered their second round on Tuesday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Grandi said that "successful peace talks will have to press the refugees question," and called on parties to take it into account.