Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Guterres asked to guarantee the work of UNRWA after the accusations against the members

The head of the United Nations asked the governments that suspended their contributions after accusations that they would not stop contributing to UNRWA, which is considered a fundamental actor for the population of Gaza.

The United Nations has taken swift action following extremely serious allegations against several staff members of the agency, the high representative said in a statement.

An investigation was immediately activated by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, and of the 12 people involved, nine were immediately identified and fired by UNRWA Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini.

Based on the text, the death of one of those identified has been confirmed, and the identities of the other two have been clarified.

Any UN employee involved in the events of October 7 will be held accountable, including through criminal prosecution, the note warns.

The Secretariat of the United Nations is ready to cooperate with a competent authority capable of prosecuting individuals in accordance with the normal procedures for such cooperation, he added.

The statement came after countries such as the United States, Australia, and Canada stopped funding UNRWA following the alleged involvement of some of its members in attacks in southern Israel.

European countries, such as Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Finland, joined this Saturday in cutting funding, threatening the humanitarian work of the organization.

The agency said Friday that it had opened an investigation into several employees and had severed ties with those people.

In the opinion of the UN Secretary General, the alleged actions of these officials must have consequences.

However, the tens of thousands of men and women who work for UNRWA, many of them in some of the most dangerous conditions for humanitarian workers, should not be punished.

“The dire needs of the desperate populations they serve must be addressed,” he added.

For its part, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry criticized what it described as an Israeli campaign against UNRWA, and the Hamas resistance group condemned the termination of the employees’ contracts “based on information obtained from the Zionist enemy. ”

In the same vein, the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hussein al-Sheikh, added that the cut in support brings great political and aid risks.

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