UK must restore UNRWA funding ‘without delay’, MPs and peers say

UK must restore UNRWA funding ‘without delay’, MPs and peers say

The Guardian reports:

David Cameron has come under pressure to restore funding to the UN’s humanitarian relief agency in Palestine from a cross-party group of more than 50 MPs and peers.

The UK was among a group of countries that halted funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) amid allegations from Israel that some staff members were involved in the 7 October attacks carried out by Hamas.

In a letter to the foreign secretary, the MPs and peers called for clarity about why the UK decided to suspend funding and why interim reports from investigations into Unrwa had not been enough to resume the supply of money.

The government has said no funding is due from Britain to Unrwa until the end of April and it is awaiting the findings of a review of the agency by former French foreign minister Catherine Colonna and a UN investigation into the 7 October claims.

The letter, from MP Brendan O’Hara, SNP foreign affairs spokesperson, and signed by colleagues from all main parties, said funding should be restored “without delay”.

“By reinstating funding to Unrwa, the UK can demonstrate its commitment to upholding human rights, promoting stability in the region and fostering a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the letter said. [Continue reading…]

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