The needs of Palestinian civilians will continue to be a priority for Romania, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luminiţa Odobescu, declared for Agerpres on Saturday.
The head of Romanian diplomacy participated, in Brussels, at the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich). “The fact that we will no longer launch new procedures for voluntary contributions to UNRWA does not mean that we will no longer support Palestinian civilians who are in an extremely, extremely difficult situation. The needs of Palestinian civilians will continue to be a priority for Romania, for the Romanian Government. And this is very important to be emphasized,” said Odobescu. She indicated that our country will coordinate, in this case, with the partners. “We also had an exchange of views on the situation in Gaza and Romania’s position is known. I reiterated on this occasion the importance of the close coordination of our efforts, of international efforts, in order to advance towards a sustainable peace in the Middle East. (…) Regarding the accusations against some UNRWA employees, Romania’s position is very clear – I supported the importance of a quick and serious investigation. Until this investigation is completed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not launch new procedures for voluntary contributions, but the needs of Palestinian civilians will continue to be a priority for Romania. This must be very clear,” pointed out Luminiţa Odobescu. She said that, at this moment, there are no more requests to the MFA from Romanian citizens in the region. Following Israeli allegations that some of its staff participated in the October 7 Hamas attack, the EU announced it would review its support for UNRWA. While some consider this an urgent measure, others warn of a collective punishment against the Palestinian people, the European Newsroom (enr) media platform reported in a feature article published on Friday.
Publication date: 03-02-2024 19:51