OIC to convene political and humanitarian meetings on the crisis of Muslims in Myanmar

JEDDAH: The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu disclosed that the Organization will hold an extraordinary meeting of the OIC Executive Committee at the level of Permanent Representatives in its Headquarters in Jeddah on 5 August 2012 to discuss the issue of Muslims in Myanmar.

Among the participants in the meeting will be Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General of the Arakan Rohingya Union, which was founded in May 2011 at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah. The Arakan Rohingya Union is an umbrella of 25 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Associations that represent the Rohingya minority around the world.

In his briefing to the media in his office in Jeddah on 31 July 2012, Ihsanoglu pointed out that the OIC will hold a consultative meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 3rd, which will be attended by more than 20 humanitarian NGOs. The meeting will discuss the challenges these organizations face in providing humanitarian aid to Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar. He added that the Kuala Lumpur meeting aims to develop a clear vision about the situation in Myanmar, discuss the ways necessary for the delivery of aid and determining what the OIC could provide in this respect.

Ihsanoglu also clarified that the OIC will present its endeavors concerning the issue of Muslims in Myanmar including the outcomes of the Permanent Representatives’ meeting in Jeddah to the forthcoming Extraordinary OIC Islamic Summit, which will be held in Makkah on 14 and 15 August 2012 in order to be discussed by the Muslim leaders. He noted that the OIC will continue its close cooperation with the international community in order to reach a formula to resolve the issue of Muslims in Myanmar.