//UN: Israel Obstructing Refugee Tasks

UN: Israel Obstructing Refugee Tasks

United Nations, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) UN agencies Tuesday condemned Israeli actions that hamper work at refugee camps in occupied territories and the suspension of tax transference to the Palestinian Authority.

Reports issued by UN departments supporting Palestinian refugees denounced the difficulties faced since Sunday to do their job at camps in the city of Nablus.

Israeli forces have occupied two schools, blocked the exit of patients and workers of a clinic at one of the camps created in 1950 and inhabited by 21,000 people.

Meanwhile, UN Special Representative for the Middle East Alvaro de Soto said that the Israeli decision to suspend tax transference to Palestine Authority contradicts previous agreements between both parties.

There is no way that income may be held, stated the official, and recalled the position of the Diplomatic Quartet for Middle East Peace, in their January 30 declaration.

De Soto highlighted that the tax transference to Palestine responds to an endorsed agreement.

In his speech at the opening of the annual session of the Committee for the Exercise of Palestinian People’s Inalienable Rights, UN General Secretary Kofi Annan referred to the numerous humanitarian and development challenges this population faces.

Annan called on the international community to support the Palestinian Authority and asserted that achieving financial stabilization is their most urgent goal.