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Briefing by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The President: In accordance with rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure, I invite
Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to participate in this meeting.

The Security Council will now begin its consideration of the item on its agenda.

I now give the floor to Mr. Grandi

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With regard to Palestinian refugees, of whom there are more than 5 million in the region, we call for
a realistic, equitable, just and lasting solution within the framework of a future Israeli-Palestinian agreement, based on internationally agreed parameters. In the meantime, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) must continue to receive our full support in the context of the suspension of the American contribution. For its part, France has doubled its contribution to UNRWA this year.

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I have two final points. I thank the representative of France for having mentioned the necessary support
to our sister agency the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
(UNRWA). It is very important. The stability of the region also hinges on the possibility for the refugee
population, assisted by UNRWA, to remain in schools and to have access to jobs and health services. As a former Commissioner General, I not only thank him for that but also because the countries that are affected by that unresolved issue are those that are also hosting Syrian refugees. It is a combination that needs to be kept in mind in providing support to UNRWA.

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