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Anderson supports increased EU funding for Palestinian Relief Agency

22 October, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEPs today voted in favour of increasing EU funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency in Palestine.

Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson made the case for increased funding saying:

"Whilst the budget is not ideal I voted in favour of supporting the peace process and financial assistance for Palestine and for UNRWA.

"As the people of Gaza are emerging from the most recent onslaught their needs are greater than ever and UNRWA needs financial support to carry out their work.

"UNRWA is dealing with thousands of families who are homeless and without livelihood. Even those with homes find themselves in neighbourhoods where water, sewerage and electricity systems have been demolished.

"The future of Gaza must not be defined by the instability and poverty imposed by the blockade.

The international community needs to do more than just providing humanitarian assistance. We must take action to address the underlying causes of the crisis. Hence, ending Israels occupation in Palestine.

"As we wait on that to happen, UNRWA is playing a leading role in addressing the devastation caused by the recent conflict and the pervasive effect of the Israeli imposed blockade.

"UNRWA is seeking $1.6 billion for emergency relief, early recovery and reconstruction priorities in the Gaza Strip, and hence, the EU must increase UNRWAs budget.

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