Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Multi-prong action needed to end Syrian problem, says Najib

MECCA: Malaysia wants Syria to be saved from any further destruction and feels the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should come out with a multi-pronged action to put an end to the conflict, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said there should be more than just political pressure to end the conflict that has killed 21,000 people.

“It could include certain measures to save the people of Syria,” he said ahead of the OIC’s Fourth Extraordinary Summit here.

The two-day summit which started at 11pm yesterday was convened at the order of King Abdullah Abdul Aziz to discuss and find solutions to the current situation, particularly those in Syria and Myanmar where thousands of Muslim Rohingya had been killed.

Najib said Malaysia would voice its stand at the summit.

He also expressed his concerns that the OIC would emulate the Arab League’s move of ejecting Syria from the grouping.

“Syria has been expelled from the Arab League and I have been made to understand the mood of the summit is towards that.

“The OIC could take the same action but we shall wait for the decision,” he said responding to a question on Malaysia’s stand on the matter.

The OIC’s senior official meeting on Sunday had recommended that Syria be expelled following the failure of President Bashar Assad to end the bloodshed in the country.

On the issue of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Najib said Malaysia was setting up a humanitarian relief team to help the refugees.

Source : TheStar


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