By: Middle East Affairs
“The funding crisis for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was fuelling uncertainty,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.
He also said: “The loss of this association could release a wild chain response.”
Heiko Maas stated that Germany had just given 81 million euros ($94 million) in help for UNRWA this year, and was planning to build its commitment. He gave no figure.
Maas said in a letter to European Union foreign ministers: “We are presently getting ready to give an extra measure of noteworthy assets.”
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said unmistakably-added German funds would not cover a $217 million deficiency left by the U.S. withdrawal, and encouraged the European Union and different states to progress in the direction of “a sustainable finance basis for the association”.
It is a piece of a more extensive push by Maas to take a more decisive position in conflicts with the United States on a scope of issues including exchange, military spending and environmental change.
On Thursday, Jordan said it would lead a campaign to raise funds to encourage the U.N. office survive, including an interest to the Arab League.
It should be noted that UNRWA has confronted a money emergency since the United States, long its greatest benefactor, not long ago cut financing, saying the organization expected to make unspecified changes and approaching the Palestinians to recharge peace converses with Israel.
In the wake of the exodus of around 700,000 refugees who fled or were driven out of Israel on its founding as a state, the office was established in 1949 after the principal Arab-Israeli war.