World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Palestinians Headed for 'Man-Made' Disaster

Palestinians Headed for 'Man-Made' Disaster, UN Seminar is Told

New York, Apr 27 2006 5:00PM

Deliberate political decisions are combining to create a humanitarian crisis for people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a senior United Nations official with the major relief agency meeting their needs told a UN seminar in Cairo today.

Anders Fange, Director of Operations in the West Bank for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said that in contrast to unpredictable natural disasters, the situation now looming was man-made, a result of policies aimed at strangling the economy.

As many as 65,000 households which depended on salaries from the Palestinian Authority would need emergency assistance in the event that payroll cannot be met, he said, warning that the real consequences would be clear in the coming months.

If Palestinian Authority schools ceased functioning, about 45 per cent of the students would come to UNRWA schools, he said, but the Agency was already faced with establishing priorities and making cuts. It was not just a case of no light at the end of the tunnel but the tunnel itself was getting dark, he said.

Mr. Fange emphasized that the Agency is not an alternative to negotiations leading to a peace process. The United Nations, he added, was neither politically or logistically able to substitute for Government departments.

Rana Zakhout, an official with the UN Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said there had been a rapid and acute deterioration in the economic situation especially since the Hamas victory in the recent elections.

The reduction in revenues was due to the moratorium on donor contributions because the new government did not subscribe to the principles of the Road Map, she said, referring to an outline peace plan which envisages two States -- Israel and Palestine -- living side by side within secure and recognized borders.

Representatives of 55 Governments, the Observer of Palestine, 4 intern
non-governmental organizations and 31 representatives of the media took part in the two-day UN Cairo Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People.

2006-04-27 00:00:00.000


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news