Jordan spends about $1b a year on Palestinian refugees — Kharfan

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Jerash camp. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Director-General of the Department of Palestinian Affairs, Rafiq Kharfan, said on Saturday that Jordan views the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) not only as a service provider for Palestinian refugees, but as a symbol and witness to the Palestinian refugee issue, noting that Jordan spends annually nearly $1 billion on Palestinian refugees in the Kingdom, which is more than UNRWA spends on Palestinian refugees in its five areas of operation, Al-Ghad News reported.اضافة اعلان

“The budget of UNRWA for this year and the year before is about $806 million and Jordan spends and provides direct and indirect services to Palestine refugees costing more than what UNRWA spends, and this confirms that Jordan does not view UNRWA only as a service provider,” Kharfan was quoted as saying.

Kharfan stressed that the proposal relating to providing services on behalf of the agency and under its direction by any other party is not acceptable and will be officially and locally thwarted.

He added that “Jordan views UNRWA as a witness to the Palestinian refugee issue until that issue is resolved in accordance with the international resolutions, foremost of which is Resolution No. 194, which affirms the right of return and compensation.”

Kharfan indicated that UNRWA was established by a resolution of the UN General Assembly, and therefore any decision to renew its mandate or change that mandate must be issued by body and not any other party or person. “This reassures us somehow as we hear statements about changing UNRWA’s tasks, because the issue is not that simple, and Jordan’s position is very clear in this regard,” he said. 

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