OIC seeks seat in UN Security Council

Chittagong, Bangladesh: The 57 members Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the largest Muslim organization in the world, have called for a seat for the OIC in the U.N. Security Council, Arab News reported today.

“One of the important objectives for which I have been exerting a lot of efforts was to have a seat for OIC in the Security Council to represent 1.5 billion Muslims in the world,” OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told reporters in Cairo on February 4.

“Poverty, lack of economic integration, Jewish settlement in occupied Arab territories, and “Judaization” of Jerusalem were some of the problems the Islamic community was facing now, so the OIC had set out a plan to develop Jerusalem in cooperation with the Palestine Authority and the Islamic Development Bank.”

“More diplomatic efforts were needed to mobilize international support for recognition of Palestine as a State by the United Nations.”

“UNESCO has recognized Palestine as a full member. This is a big achievement,” he added.

“The summit would shed light on the emerging challenges facing the Muslim nations and the expanding opportunities, particularly the Palestinian cause and the troubling issue of Israeli settlements,” according to OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu’s interview to Arab News.

There will be a special session on the settlement issue. The summit will also discuss the unfolding developments in the Muslim world, notably the situation in Syria and Mali, and take important decisions on them.

On the Problems faced by the Rohingya Muslims in Burma, Ihsanoglu said the OIC was seeking a political solution to the Rohingya problem. “We are in the process of building bridges between the Burmese government and the OIC, which must be based on confidence and trust.”

Deputy Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, who attended the meeting, stressed the Kingdom’s efforts for the success of Islamic causes.” The summit is significant as it comes at a time when Muslim countries are going through sensitive and delicate crises.”

A two-day preparatory session of the foreign ministers from the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which will conclude today, is now finishing touches to the agenda of the summit as well as the final communique, called “Cairo Declaration.”

The 12th Islamic Summit, which will begin in Cairo on February 6, is set to endorse the new OIC presidency of Egypt for the next three years and the appointment of former Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani as the new Secretary-General of OIC. Madani will replace Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the current secretary-general, whose term expires in 2014.

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