UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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A failure to deliver much-needed services to refugees in Palestinian camps across Lebanon will leave a vacuum that could be filled by extremist groups, the spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said Wednesday.UNRWA has not been able to access the camp since the takeover.Gunness stressed that UNRWA is not responsible for the security of the camps in Lebanon, but expressed concern about the impact its deterioration would have on the agency's work.Gunness said that he had been calling on donors to find a political solution to the problems seen in camps in Lebanon as well as in the troubled Yarmouk camp.The camp been under siege by the Syrian regime since 2013 and aid organizations have had extreme difficulty accessing the camp.Gunness stressed that the only way to ensure safe passage for UNRWA and other aid agencies into the camp is through serious political dialogue between the U.N. and Arab League joint envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura and all the factions operating in the camp.
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