This week, Jordan is in the middle of monitoring a severe deficit that has recently engulfed the main UN humanitarian agency for Palestinians and could mean cuts of vital services to some 5 million refugees scattered across the region.
The country’s government spokesperson Mohammed Al-Momani said at a meeting of UNRWA’ consultative committee that he was “deeply concerned” about the widening gap between the agency’s financial needs and the support pledged by the donor countries, calling on the international community to provide more help, Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency reported.
Around half of the Kingdom’s population is of Palestinian origins and, with over 2 million refugees registered in the country, Jordan hosts the largest number of displaced Palestinians in the region.
Momani explained that the Palestinian issue remains the core of all tensions the Middle East, by lacking a lasting and comprehensive solution that he identifies in the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
But the Jordanian official says Amman is very willing to build its existing cooperation with UNRWA. The organization, he says, is pivotal element for bringing stability to the region through the resumptions of "serious and committed“ peace negotiations and, eventually, a peaceful two-state solution.