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Presidency to challenge US decision at UN

Sept. 1, 2018 3:02 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 2, 2018 2:30 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Spokesperson of the Palestinian Presidency said, on Saturday, that President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership are considering to head to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and Security Council to challenge the United States' decision to end all funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Nablus Abu Rdeineh added that UNRWA was established by a UNGA resolution in 1949, which means that that it is supposed to continue its role until the refugees issue is solved.

He added that Abbas would be mentioning the issue when he addresses UNGA later this month as he speaks on important Palestinian issues including refugees and Jerusalem.

Abu Rdeineh said that the US decision "does not serve peace," but "promotes terrorism in the region."

He stressed that the decision violates all UN resolutions and initially requires the UN to take a firm stand against it.

Spokesperson of the Palestinian government, Youssef al-Mahmoud, also condemned the decision saying it was rejected and shows the "big mistake" the US is making towards the Palestinian cause and the international law.

Al-Mahmoud said that the Palestinian refugees' issue is one of the Palestinian national rights that cannot be compromised.

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