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Pierre Krahenbuhl: Palestinian Refugees and Works Agency

pierre krahenbuhl: UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, submitted his resignation, effective immediately, hours after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had placed him on administrative leave, according to CTV. The UN chief thanked him for his commitment and dedication to the UN Relief and Works Agency, known as UNRWA, and to Palestinian refugees, Dujarric said. The allegations in a confidential UN ethics office report came amid a financial crisis for the agency, sparked by the unprecedented loss of all funding from the United States, its largest donor. The spokesman said the initial findings of the investigation by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, known as OIOS, exclude fraud or misappropriation of operational funds by the commissioner-general. He said later that the OIOS investigation was continuing. Dujarric said Krahenbuhl was placed on leave to further clarify the managerial issues so that a final determination can be made, and any appropriate action taken. ( As reported in the news.