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UN agency for Palestinian refugees fundraises after US cuts

UNITED NATIONS - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said Friday it has embarked on a fund-raising campaign that will likely include a ministerial-level donors conference next month to fill the gap left by the Trump administration's sudden cut of tens of millions of dollars in funding.

 

Scott Anderson, the agency's West Bank operations director, said the US hasn't yet spelled out what reforms it is seeking to implement by withholding $65 million -- or possibly millions more in the future.

 

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees was notified on January 16 that the US was withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million installment and demanding a "fundamental re-examination" and changes to its programs, which have been heavily criticized by Israel.

 


First published: 02.09.18, 20:55