No Party but UNGA Can Determine Legitimacy of Palestine Refugee Agency, Says Spokesman

No Party but UNGA Can Determine Legitimacy of Palestine Refugee Agency, Says Spokesman

Palestinian refugee carries a key as a symbol of Palestinians’ right of return. Photo via: Reuters

UNRWA spokesman Sami Mshasha said the agency has no intention to end its operations or transfer its services to another party.

In a press statement issued in response to the US President Donald Trump’s announcement of his peace plan, Mshasha said UNRWA services are vital for Palestine refugees, adding that the agency will maintain its relief assistance to them pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

He said the Agency’s services will keep going in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza, until a fair solution is established to the Palestinian refugee cause.

Mshasha said UNRWA’s mandate, which 169 member states of the UN General Assembly voted in favor of last month, is legitimate and cannot be rescinded by such new deals.

“Our only reference is the UNGA. Palestinians’ refugee status and rights are safeguarded by international law and international resolutions”, he maintained.

After months of running a vast propaganda machine to drum up support for his self-proclaimed 'Deal of the Century,' US President Donald Trump finally unveiled what he claimed can serve as a final antidote to the bitter and brutal Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has dragged on for seven decades.

Within just hours since its launch, Trump’s proposed deal has aroused a storm of indignation and opposition among Middle East people and politicians as well as international organizations, earning descriptions such as 'the treason of the century, nightmare, conspiracy, catastrophe, new Balfour Declaration, an annexation plan, a stillborn agreement, a handbook for more suffering, and a deal for the garbage can of history' among others.

Contrary to Trump’s claim who sought to sell his proposal as a win-win opportunity for both sides, political leaders and activists view it as being hugely skewed in favor of Israel and totally ignoring the rights and demands of up to 15 million Palestinians around the world, leaving them out of a process that is expected to decide their fate and their future.

Opponents argue that the highly pro-Israel scheme offers no prescription for peace because it blatantly violates international law and strips Palestinians of their basic rights on a number of sensitive issues, including the state of Jerusalem, the future borders of a sovereign Palestinian state, the return of Palestinian refugees driven from their homeland, security responsibility, as well as Israeli settlements built on occupied land.

Trump released his proposed deal during an event at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on Tuesday.

The so-called 'Vision for Peace' — which all Palestinian groups have unanimously rejected — would, among other contentious terms, enshrine Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital” and allow the occupying regime to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

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