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Guyana Intervenes in UN in Support of UNRWA, Ceasefire in Gaza

Guyana, which is this month’s rotating president of the UN Security Council, intervened on Feb. 1 into the controversy over UNRWA, by pledging $150,000 for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). A statement from the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry that day states, “Guyana’s contribution to UNRWA aligns with our appeals for a more robust international response to the ongoing situation in the Gaza Strip and the protection of civilians impacted by the ongoing conflict. To this end, as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council, Guyana supports a ceasefire to facilitate humanitarian aid into Gaza.”

Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the UN Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett said in her national capacity: “Guyana has called for a ceasefire and Guyana will continue to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. We believe that we should not wait another day for that.” She demanded to know on Jan. 31: “Does a bounty exist on the head of every Palestinian child, woman and man in Gaza?”

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