News ID: 8987
Publish Date: 16 August 2012 - 09:11
Members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have called for unity across the Muslim world, stressing the importance of the Palestinian cause.

At the closing session of the OIC summit in the Saudi city of Mecca in the early hours of Thursday, the members also called Muslims’ killings in Myanmar "crimes against humanity.”

OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu called for the promotion of dialog and justice in the Islamic world during his speech at the closing session of the two-day emergency meeting, which was held upon the request of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in Mecca to address major issues facing the Muslim world and the latest developments in the region.

Ihsanoglu also pointed to the Palestinian cause as a fundamental issue for all Muslim nations. Ihsanoglu wrapped up his remarks by describing the atrocities against Myanmar Muslims as crimes against humanity.

Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingya Muslims as Myanmarese citizens and classifies them as illegal migrants, although the Rohingyas have resided in the country for centuries.

Myanmar President Thein Sein said on July 19 that the "only solution” to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims is to send the nearly-one-million-strong community to refugee camps run by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

However, the UN refugee agency has rejected the idea of setting up refugee camps to accommodate the Rohingyas. Earlier this month, the OIC proposed to send its own mission to probe into the massacres of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Ihsanoglu "expressed disappointment over the failure of the international community to take action to stop the massacres, violations, oppression, and ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the government of Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslims.”

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