Lazzarini has held in depth consultations with donors, together with a visit to Gulf international locations and Brussels, in latest days in a bid to plug UNRWA’s funding shortfall of some US$440 million.
Some donors, such because the United States and Britain, have indicated they won’t resume assist till the UN’s internal investigation into the allegations ends. A preliminary report is because of be printed within the subsequent a number of weeks.
“We are going to maintain intently in contact with the progress of that investigation, and that may inform our resolution,” Leo Docherty, a British junior overseas workplace minister, advised Britain’s parliament on Tuesday.
A French diplomatic supply stated Paris was attempting to get European Union companions to reverse their selections to droop funding, saying there was no different to UNRWA.
“We’ve full confidence on this United Nations company which for us performs an important position for the Palestinian populations, however we can even be extraordinarily severe within the examination which might be carried out by UNRWA itself of the scenario of the brokers who have been implicated,” French overseas ministry deputy spokesperson Christophe Lemoine stated.
UNRWA spokesperson Juliette Touma stated that to date donors had not reversed their resolution to pause funding, which could drive tough selections in late February.
“The loss is because it was – half of our operational price range. So the query is the place will we be in a few weeks and what selections are we compelled to make – what is going to now we have to shut, what is going to now we have to close down?” she stated.