OIC team to meet quartet on Mideast conflict


  • Nation
  • Friday, 23 Apr 2004

PUTRAJAYA: The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has called for an immediate end to the violence in the Middle East and will send a delegation to discuss with the international quartet ways to resolve the Palestine-Israel conflict. 

The quartet, comprising the United Nations, the United States, European Union and Russia, is involved in working on a “road map” to peace in the region. 

The decision to meet the quartet was agreed to by all the countries attending the OIC Special Meeting on the Middle East here yesterday, and was included in the Declaration on Palestine. 

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Syed Albar said the delegation would mobilise efforts to put an end to Israeli aggression and the repressive policies against the Palestinian people and their leaders. 

OIC LEADERSHIP: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Syed Hamid leading OIC delegates to the special meeting in Putrajaya yesterday. With them are (anti-clockwise from top left) OIC Secretary-General Abdelouahed Belkeziz, Qatar Assistant Foreign Minister Seif Mukaddam Al Bouaynine, Pakistani Foreign Minister Mian Khursid Mahmud Kasuri, Saudi Arabia Minister of State Musa'd Muhammad Al'Aiban and Palestinian Foreign Minister Farouk Kaddoumi.

“It will also be working towards full implementation of the relevant UN resolutions, the Arab peace initiative, the road map and other agreements to resolve the conflict,” he told reporters after the meeting. 

He said it was important for the international community to be coherent in its support for the just struggle of the Palestinian people and should not take lightly any diversion of the peace plan that had been agreed to. 

Syed Hamid said that discussions would be held soon to select the members of the delegation to meet the quartet, adding that a Palestine representative would be included. 

The Declaration on Palestine, he said, also urged the UN Security Council to consider the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force or an international mechanism to monitor the implementation of the road map for peace in the Middle East. 

Syed Hamid said the declaration also urged the international community to demand that Israel stop and reverse the construction of its security wall in the occupied Palestinian territories, including in and around East Jerusalem. 

“It also called on civil societies, relevant non-governmental organisations as well as peace movements the world over to express their support for the plight of the Palestinian people through peaceful means,” he added. 

The declaration, Syed Hamid said, also rejected the unilateral Israeli plan which breached the resolutions and international legitimacy and contradicted the provisions stipulated in the road map. 

Thus, he said, it wanted the US government to review its support for the Israeli plan. 

The Declaration on Iraq, which was also adopted at the meeting, condemned acts of terrorism against innocent Iraqi civilians, places of worship, holy sites and places of religious significance, police stations, hotels and other public service institutions as well as against diplomatic personnel and premises. 

The declaration also stressed the importance of the United Nations in playing a central role to establish peace, security and stability in Iraq. 

In this regard, it urged the Security Council to adopt a resolution that would effectively help the restoration of sovereignty and full independence to the Iraqi people and empower the United Nations with the mandate and authority to do so.

The Star reports from Putrajaya [ Real Player | Media Player

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