It is time for political action to resolve this long-standing crisis

11 June 2017

Statement by  UNRWA Spokesperson Christopher Gunness

We have seen summaries in the media around issues relating to UNRWA’s mandate and our position is clear and unchanged. UNRWA receives its mandate from the UN General Assembly; and only the UN General Assembly, by a majority vote, can change our mandate. In December 2016, UNRWA's mandate was extended for 3 years by the General Assembly by a large majority. The situation of Palestine Refugees needs to be resolved as part of a political resolution of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.  It is time for political action to resolve this long-standing crisis.

For more information, please contact:

Sami Mshasha
Director of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)258 90724
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