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OIC wants joint initiative with UN, Asean on Rohingya issue

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 2017 : The Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states today unanimously agreed for a joint intitiative between the organisation, United Nations and Asean to be explored to support the Myanmar government in developing inter-faith dialogues in the country.

Met at the extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Minister on the Situation of Rohingya Muslim Minority in Myanmar, here today, delegates’ head of each state requested the OIC’s secretary-general to explore the possibilities of the request with his UN and Asean counterparts.

This was among the 22 resolutions achieved in the one-day meeting, which was to foster greater understanding, tolerance and cooperation among ethnic and religious communities in the country and in the wider Southeast Asian region.

Apart from that, the special meeting also requested the secretary-general to engage with the Myanmar government for a high level delegation from the OIC contact group to visit Rakhine state, besides requesting the cooperation of Myanmar government to receive the visit.

The head of delegates also requested the OIC groups in New York, Geneva and Brussels to convene meetings of the contact group on a regular basis to review the evolving situation of the Rohingya community.

Meanwhile, according to the final communique read by the Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, the meeting had also decided to encourage the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to continue examining the situation of the Rohingya community as a priority issue on its agenda.

The meeting also renewed its call upon the Myanmar government to restore the citizenship of the Rohingya Muslims which was revoked in the Citizenship Act of 1982.

Other than that, the meeting also produced another important document which was the draft of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Palestine and the City of Al Quds Al Sharif.

The document reaffirms the centrality of the cause of Palestine for the member states of OIC, and recalls all relevant resolutions adopted by the OIC, the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council, on the illegal Israeli practices in the Occupied Territories of Palestine including East Jerusalem.

The draft also reiterates OIC’s unequivocal condenmnation of illegal settlement regime perpetrated by Israel, the occupying power, to colonise the occupied Palestinian land including al-Quds, besides reaffirming the central, religious and spiritual character of the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif. – Bernama

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