PNC confirms its rejection of statements of UNRWA Commissioner-General and calls for its withdrawal, and commitment to the requirements of the mandate

The Palestinian National Council (PNC) considered the stances launched by the Commissioner-General of UNRWA regarding transferring of UNRWA services to other international organizations are rejected by the Palestinian people, and are exceeding the powers of the Commissioner-General, and contradicting the mandate granted by the United Nations General Assembly to UNRWA, and also exceeding Resolution 302 that established The Relief Agency as a temporary agency until the implementation of Resolution 194.
In a statement issued today, Monday, PNC called on the Commissioner-General to intensify efforts towards donor countries and the international community to implement their commitments, whether with regard to implementing United Nations resolutions on the Palestinian issue or funding UNRWA, and increasing services in line with the increasing needs of refugees.
PNC stressed the need for cooperation between all concerned parties, especially the donor and host countries and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in order to mobilize the necessary funding for the 2022 budget to respond to the needs of refugees and workers’ rights, and to make diplomatic efforts to ensure the renewal of the UNRWA mandate with high and comfortable voting rates, and to emphasize the importance of existence of the UNRWA and the necessity of providing adequate services to refugees.
PNC renewed its adherence to the UNRWA and its services as a witness to the tragedy of the Palestinian refugee, and to the political and moral responsibility of the international community in terms of securing a decent life for Palestinian refugees, until the date of return to Palestine in accordance with International Resolution No. 194. PNC expressed its full readiness to contribute to the collective effort to protect the UNRWA, and keeping it away from the cycle of political and financial blackmail, and communicating with friendly and allied countries of Palestinian people in order to ensure that UNRWA is kept away from the effects of international crises.

The PNC represents the supreme authority of the Palestinian people in all their places of residence. It sets PLO policies and plans to achieve the goals of the Palestinian people for self-determination, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the return of refugees to their homes.After Al-Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine, headed by Haj Amin Al-Husseini, decided to call for the convening of a Palestine National Council which met in Gaza in 1October 1948, which was the first Palestinian legislative authority to be established in the Arab state of Palestine. The Council then formed an all-Palestine government headed by Hilmi Abdel Baqi, who represented Palestine in the league of Arab States.The first national conference was held inJerusalem on 28May -2June 1964. This first National Council had 422 members, declared the establishment of the PlO, which represents the leadership of the Palestinian Arab people. The most important of which is the Palestinian National Charter, the Statutes of the Organization and others, and Mr. Ahmad Al-Shukairy was elected Chairman of the PlO.

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