30 Jan 2024

NZ won't be contributing more funds to UNRWA says PM Luxon

From Midday Report, 12:17 pm on 30 January 2024

New Zealand won't be contributing more funds to UNRWA, the UN's aid agency for Palestinians, until the Foreign Minister is satisfied over allegations that several of its staff were involved in the October 7th Hamas attacks on Israel.

More than 10 countries, including Australia, the US and Britain, have suspended their contributions.

New Zealand gives one million dollars every year.

The Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says the allegations are serious and need to be properly investigated.

He says the Government won't be making further contributions until the Foreign Minister Winston Peters gives the all clear.

University of Waikato International Law Professor Dr Al Gillespie spoke to Charlotte Cook.