Statement by Mr. Levent Eler, Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations

Levent Eler 03.12.2014
Madam President,

As the current Chair of the Working Group on the Financing of UNRWA, we would like to thank all the delegations taking the floor today, for their generous contributions to UNRWA for 2015.

The increasing refugee population, and the worsening of the conditions on the ground put the budget of UNRWA under severe constraint. The call to the international community for further support to the Agency needs to be heard.

In this respect, I would like to announce that Turkish Government will provide one million and 275 thousand Dollars (1.275.000$) in cash donation to UNRWA for 2015.

Of that amount, 1 million Dollars will be allocated to the UNRWA General Budget, and 275 thousand Dollars will be designated for the Regular and Emergency Food Appeals.

Allow me Madam President, to reaffirm the additional in-kind and emergency assistance of the Turkish Government to the Palestine Refugees through UNRWA, whereby 15.000 tons of wheat flour are being delivered. In addition to the aid we channelled through UNRWA, our projects to supply humanitarian aid, fuel, electricity and water will continue.

On this occasion, I would like to reiterate our sincere thanks to Mr. Paul Krähenbühl and Mrs. Margot Ellis and their team here in New York led by Mr. Richard Wright for their genuine efforts and valuable contributions to UNRWA.

Thank you.