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HUNGARY SUPPORTS INVESTIGATION INTO UN AGENCY EMPLOYEES' ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN HAMAS ACTION

 

Hungary supports an investigation into the alleged involvement of some employees of the UN’s agency aiding Palestinians in Hamas’s terrorist attacks against Israel last October, the foreign minister said in Brussels on Saturday.
Péter Szijjártó told a press conference after an informal meeting of the EU’s foreign affairs council that “a heated debate” had developed over the question whether funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) should be suspended or delayed over the issue. “I think that our common goal must be to prevent a humanitarian disaster. And our common goal must also be to prevent that innocent people should suffer, and to ensure that food, water and medicine supplies reach the civilian population,” said the foreign minister. “It is however absolutely unacceptable, in fact intolerable, if employees of a UN organisation take part in any action or the operation of a terrorist organisation in any form,” he added. Szijjártó said that given the gravity of the claim, a probe must be launched “instead of jumping at the EU commissioner over initiating an investigation”.