Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Malaysia pledges RM3mil more for Palestinian refugees

Malaysia has pledged an additional US$1mil (RM3.04mil) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) to help Palestinians affected by Israel's recent military aggression in Gaza.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this was part of the country's continued assistance to Palestine and its people, following over 30 years of annual contributions to the UNRWA and RM1mil in donations to the Gaza Emergency Fund.

“We all hope and pray for a quick and lasting resolution to this injustice. In the meantime, Malaysia will continue to help the Palestinian people, whether in cash or in kind,” he said in his special address at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People here.

Last year, Malaysia extended US$2mil (RM6.08mil) in aid to offset the operational cost of the Palestinian Embassy here, aside from providing scholarships to Palestinian students to study in Malaysia and offering training programmes and humanitarian assistance through Malaysian NGOs.

Najib pointed out that the practice of moderation was key to preventing and mitigating conflict, especially those perpetrated by extremists, regardless of religion, culture and political ideology.

He said it was especially important for opposing factions in Palestine to initiate talks immediately to resolve whatever political differences they had for the sake of unity and their people.

Despite the long-drawn Israel-Palestine conflict, Najib urged all parties not to lose hope in reaching a peaceful solution.

“The path to reconciliation is rarely smooth. But as we have seen in Northern Ireland and in southern Philippines, the journey is worth it,” he said, referring to the decades-long conflict between the Irish Republican Army and the British Government and the recently-signed peace treaty between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.


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