Thursday, 16 August 2012

Malaysia backs OIC proposal to suspend Syria

MECCA: Malaysia supports the recommendation for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to suspend the membership of Syria.

The suspension was a symbolic gesture to send a clear message to Syria on the need to take measures to stop the bloodshed, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“Our stand on the issue is in view of the serious deterioration of the conflict that could lead to a brutal civil war and in the search for a peaceful and lasting resolution,” he told Malaysian media covering the OIC Fourth Extraordinary Summit here yesterday.

The two-day summit at the As-Safa Palace nearby ended early this morning. The summit started at 11pm yesterday and ended at about 3am.

A decision on the matter is expected to be made before the summit ends.

Najib has been scheduled to speak on the second day of the summit, during which he will present Malaysia’s stand and the support for the recommendation.

Malaysia would also remind the OIC that the issue of Palestine remained on its active agenda and that of the United Nations until the Palestinians regained their homeland and their suffering ended.

On another matter, the prime minister said he had received a letter from Myanmar President Thein Sein on the plight of the Rohingya Muslims.

“I appreciate his efforts because Malaysia believes that it is crucial to take a holistic approach towards the Rohingya issue, including how to address their displacement across the region.

“Malaysia alone hosts around 90,000 Rohingya Muslims,” said Najib.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah Abdul Aziz emphasised the need for solidarity and unity of the Muslim ummah in facing a myriad of challenges.


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