The “Consultative Meeting” of organizations working in the Palestinian field in Sidon and its camps paid a visit to the UNRWA office in Sidon Area, where they met with the director of the region, Dr. Ibrahim Al- Khatib with the presence of the director department in Lebanon, and the director of the health department in Sidon Area, and that on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016.
This visit comes within the action program, which was announced by the “consultative Meeting” in protest against the new recovery plan approved by the UNRWA administration toward the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, which comes within the systematic reduction policy of services by the UNRWA since a period of time.
The delegation of the “consultative Meeting” assured to the administration of UNRWA in Sidon as well as to the delegation of health department, the consensus of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to reject this new hospital plan that is inconsistent with the interests of the refugees, and the presence of certain risks on the lives and souls of the Palestinian refugees in the case of continuing the plan.
The delegation introduced the reasons behind the rejection of this plan by the Palestinian refugees, and the emphasis on the direct responsibility of UNRWA for the provision of services in all its forms and the continuation of its work without retreating or reducing until achieving the return of refugees, and the necessity to increase the services due to the increase of life needs of the refugees in Lebanon.
The delegation of the “consultative Meeting” considered the issue of the fiscal deficit in UNRWA is the responsibility of the general commission of UNRWA and not of the Palestinian refugee task, so the problem should be solved by the UNRWA through the provision of fixed funding to its annual budget, and not through depending only the donations of donor countries.
At the end of the visit, the director of UNRWA in Sidon Area, Dr. Ibrahim Al Khateb received from the delegation of the “consultative Meeting” a protest memorandum about the new hospital plan addressed to the director general of UNRWA in Lebanon, MR. Mathews Shmaly.