Remarks by Catherine Ashton with UNRWA Commissioner,
General Filippo Grandi, at Rimal Boys' Elementary School
Can I first of all say it is World Refugee Day and I chose to be here on this day.
I chose to be here to underline the situation in Gaza, and to say that we support the work of UNRWA and want to see a future for the people of Gaza.
I've been here several times and I know that it's not enough just to come and spend a little time here. You get lots of visitors in Gaza, but what really matters is what impact we have.
I want to share with you our commitment to saying that we want to see the crossings open, and the economic situation improved. And the children who are having such a good time at summer school, having a real future.
I want to thank Filippo Grandi and UNRWA for all the work they do. Without them, the situation would be much worse. And I commit that we will continue to be the strongest supporter, that we will give the financial support that is needed, but also the political support.
And as I began, I'm really honoured to be in Gaza today. Thank you
Document Type: Press Release, Remarks
Document Sources: European Union (EU), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Subject: Assistance, Children, Closures/Curfews/Blockades, Economic issues, Education and culture, Gaza Strip, Refugees and displaced persons
Publication Date: 20/06/2013