NDP wants Tories to fund UN agency that housed terrorist rocket launchers

NDP MP Paul Dewar. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency File Photo)

NDP MP Paul Dewar. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency File Photo)

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 4:26 PM ET

OTTAWA — The NDP wants the government to give money to the United Nations agency in Gaza that Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird rebuked this week because terrorist rocket launchers were found in one of its schools.

In a letter Friday, the party's foreign affairs critic, Paul Dewar, urged the minister to help the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

"UNRWA has warned that its supplies could run out at any time, and is requesting an urgent contribution of $60 million from the international community to continue providing food, medicine and shelter," Dewar wrote.

Baird has been critical of UN agencies for ignoring the thousands of rockets Hamas has fired and Israel's right to defend itself against indiscriminate attacks.

He says the UN won't acknowledge Hamas is responsible for the violence in Gaza.

On Thursday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said he was outraged rockets were discovered in the UN-administered school and that the rockets later vanished.

On Tuesday, when reports first surfaced, Baird called for an independent body to investigate whether UN officials returned the weapons to Hamas.

Over the past six years, the government has cut Canada's overall annual contribution to UNRWA to zero from $28 million.

The government had no comment Friday.

The U.S. has pledged $15 million.


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