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Statement by H. E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees


Mr. Chairman,


Estonia highly values the work of UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). We find it extremely important that UNRWA constantly seeks solutions to operate more efficiently. Therefore in the year 2013 the Estonian Government gave 80 000 euros to UNRWA, which included 50 000 euros as an un-earmarked contribution for 2013 UNRWA programs and 30 000 euros for UNRWA`s  humanitarian relief and support activities in Nahr el-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon.


For the year 2014  I have the pleasure to announce that Estonia has already transferred a non-earmarked contribution of 70 000 euros for the UNRWA programs, which will help to make the planning process more predictable and is in line with Good Humanitarian Donorship principles.  


UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 5 million refugees in the Middle East, including the Palestine refugees in Syria. The humanitarian relief of the people of Palestine is a priority. For a durable solution, however, direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine with genuine willingness from both sides to establish two states living side by side in peace and security, should begin.


Estonia continues to assist Palestine people through multilateral and bilateral development cooperation projects.


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