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UNRWA: Name has not changed

July 7, 2011 12:19 P.M. (Updated: July 8, 2011 12:38 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- An UNRWA spokesperson said Thursday that the Palestinian refugee agency has not changed its name, after reports of a new title sparked protests in Gaza on Tuesday.

Adnan Abu Hasnah said the only change was a logo update which actually added the term UNRWA, in English and Arabic, to the image.

The organization's 60th anniversary, Hasnah said, and attracting donors and other partners was behind the update.

But the no word in the title had been changed, he said.

Reports that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency was considering changing its name to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees, had led to fears that services to Palestinian refugees could be affected, and a sit-in in front of Gaza UNRWA offices on Tuesday.

But Hasnah noted that the mandate of UNRWA was determined in 1949 and cannot be changed without a resolution of the UN General Assembly.

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