Lazzarini: “I assure you that there is no political agenda.”
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A top U.N. official Wednesday assured Palestinian refugees in Lebanon that cuts in UNRWA's public services, including health benefits, were not linked to any political agenda, stressing that the U.N. agency would continue to be responsible for the health and education of the refugees.Lazzarini and the accompanying delegation held meetings with representatives of UNRWA, the camp's popular committees and Palestinian civil society groups who briefed him on the refugees' social and humanitarian situation amid the financial crisis facing UNRWA, particularly with regard to hospitalization.However, representatives of Palestinian factions said Wednesday that the cuts in UNRWA's public services and health benefits were politically motivated.We know that UNRWA's decisions [to cut services] are politically motivated," Adnan al-Rifai, a member of popular committees in Palestinian camps, said during the meeting with Lazzarini.He accused UNRWA of shirking its responsibility by leaving public services to some U.N.-affiliated agencies.
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