Japan to resume funding for UNRWA

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TOKYO — The Japanese government announced on Thursday its intention to soon resume its funding for UNRWA, which it had frozen following Israel's accusation against several of the agency's employees of involvement in October 7.اضافة اعلان

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a press release that "Japan and UNRWA confirm their commitment to continue coordinating final efforts to resume Japanese contributions” to the funding of the UN agency, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The statement came following a meeting held in Tokyo on Thursday between Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoko Kamikawa and UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.

Kamikawa emphasized to Lazzarini the need for UNRWA to take ‘effective’ measures to improve its management, enhance transparency, ensure proper tracking of funds, and guarantee the ‘neutrality’ of its staff.

Last week, a UN spokesperson stated that the independent committee responsible for assessing the neutrality of UNRWA issued a preliminary report identifying ‘critical areas’ that need to be addressed. The committee is expected to release its final report by April 20.

In February, Lazzarini warned that the funding crisis at UNRWA was so severe that the agency might not be able to continue its activities beyond March.

However, with several countries resuming or increasing their funding recently, including Spain, Canada, and Australia, Lazzarini stated this week that the agency now has enough funding to continue its operations until the end of May.

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