Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls still missing after Boko Haram attack

Read more

FOCUS

Italy helps integrate asylum seekers through training schemes

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: Berlinale, 'The Shape of Water' and 'I, Tonya'

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Korea's divided families: Hopes for a reunion after decades apart

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Iranian singer Sepideh Jandaghi: The trapped voice

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Royal gatecrasher! Queen Elizabeth attends London Fashion Week

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Venezuela launches its own cryptocurrency

Read more

IN THE PRESS

The secrets of Jean-Marie Le Pen: Far-right party founder publishes tell-all

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Tens of thousands bid farewell to Morgan Tsvangirai

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

An interview with a French or international personality from the world of economics, politics, culture or diplomacy. Every Wednesday at 4.45 pm Paris time and Saturday at 7.45 am.

Latest update : 2018-02-07

'Unprecedented crisis' after US freezes Palestinian funding

The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, known by its acronym UNRWA, says the "abrupt" decision by the Trump administration to withhold funding has provoked an "unprecedented crisis" for the agency. In an interview with FRANCE 24, Pierre Krähenbühl says he believes UNRWA's funding "got caught up in political discussions" about the status of Jerusalem and regrets that humanitarian aid is not safeguarded from political calculations.

UNRWA chief Pierre Krähenbühl says he was surprised by the US decision to withhold funding because he had "good" meetings with Trump administration officials in November 2017. He believes the decision to withhold $65 million from UNRWA was a political move linked to the UN General Assembly's vote to reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Krähenbühl urged the rest of the international community to help fill the funding gap, stressing that Gulf countries could provide more money to help Palestinian refugees.

By Marc PERELMAN

Archives

2018-02-17 Americas

Photographer Pete Souza shares his ‘portrait’ of Obama

Pete Souza was the chief official White House photographer for former president Barack Obama. He shadowed Obama for the whole eight years of his presidency and has now published...

Read more

2018-02-13 Middle East

Syria's White Helmets: 'We had 400 casualties last week'

Since their creation in 2011, the Syrian voluntary rescue workers known as the White Helmets have been credited with saving thousands of lives. And as they pull people from the...

Read more

2018-02-14 Americas

Russian interference in US elections is 'a serious threat to our democracy'

Alberto Gonzales served as US Attorney General under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007, becoming the first ever Hispanic to hold the position. He gives us his take on...

Read more

2018-02-10 Africa

The devastating impact of climate change on Niger and Mali

The Azawak valley, a Florida-sized area spread over Mali and Niger, used to have the best pastoral lands in West Africa. But with climate change, people are either dying of...

Read more

2018-02-07 Iran

Iran 'committed to staying' in nuclear deal, deputy minister says

Mohammad Khazaei is Iran's deputy finance minister and former ambassador to the United Nations. He is in Europe to promote investment in Iran amid tensions with the Trump...

Read more