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Estonia Supporting Palestinian Refugees

27.12.2012

The Foreign Ministry decided to support the activities of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in 2013.

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Estonia highly values the work of the UNRWA. “The organisation is the protector of and spokesperson for over five million refugees in the Middle East,” he said. The foreign minister added that thus far a solution has not been found for the problems of the Palestinian refugees and these people need the support of the international community. “Therefore Estonia has decided to make a contribution through the UN Relief and Works Agency to help Palestinian refugees,” he stated. 

Paet emphasised that Estonia supports a two-state solution – the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. “In order for this solution to become a reality, direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine must be restored,” he noted.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been a spokesperson for Palestinian refugees since 1950. The aid given by the organisation includes food aid, health care, and education, as well as supporting and repairing infrastructure. Refugees are also supported with humanitarian aid in the form of jobs and small loans.  The activities of the UNRWA depend almost entirely on voluntary donations.

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the activities of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in 2013 with 50 000 euros.

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