Category: Organization of Islamic Cooperation



President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent out a strong message against Israeli violence that martyred at least 62 Palestinians during the ongoing extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday.

A large number of heads of state and government, including Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Afghan President Ashraf Gani, Kuwaiti Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and Mauritanian President Mohammad Veled Abdulaziz participate in the summit meeting.

Erdogan, OIC Secretary General Yousef al-Othaimeen, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Hamdallah are expected to deliver speeches at the ongoing conference.

The event will enable the Muslim leaders to show a dedicated and joint stance against Israeli actions. A final declaration will be released afterwards.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will also speak at the summit.

A total of 15 OIC members state foreign ministers are attending the gathering, including from Iran, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.

Monday’s protests in Gaza coincided with Israel’s 70th anniversary – an event Palestinians refer to as Nakba or the “Catastrophe” – and the relocation of the US Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Since the mass Gaza rallies began on March 30, more than 100 Palestinian protesters have been martyred by Israeli army gunfire.

Last week, the Israeli government claimed that the ongoing Gaze protests constitute a “state of war” in which international humanitarian law does not apply.

Source: Anadolu Agency.


May 16, 2018

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an extraordinary summit in Istanbul on Friday to discuss “the latest serious developments in the State of Palestine.”

The organization, which comprises 57 member nations, said in a statement that the summit will be held at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the chairman of the 13th session of the Islamic Summit Conference.

The Israeli occupation army killed 61 Palestinians on Monday, including a baby girl, and injured nearly 3,000 during a protest in the Gaza Strip against the transfer of the US Embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Turkey also declared a three-day mourning period for those killed in Gaza on Monday, and called its ambassadors in Washington and Tel Aviv for consultations.

Source: Middle East Monitor.



Sunday 8 September 2013

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has established a new unit called Peace, Security and Mediation Unit. “It was established in March this year and is beginning to function,” Dina Madani, a member of the unit, said.

Speaking to Arab News, she said that in light of the cooperation between the United Nations and the OIC, a three-member UN team from the Political Affairs Department — Alice Chow, team leader for the Mediation Support Unit; Kyoko Ono, team leader for Guidance and Learning Unit, and Jeffrey Mapendere, an expert on process design and a member of the UN standby team of mediation experts, visited the OIC.

They held talks with the unit, and shared perspectives, experiences, and consultation regarding mediation, best practices and process design.

It was attended by members of the unit, including Madani, a professional from the Legal Department, a professional from the Political Affairs Department with the director and advisers.

At one point, it was also open for political, minorities and legal departments in the OIC. “We all interacted, exchanged ideas, shared experiences and perspectives with the UN,” she added.

Asked about the first issue to be taken up, she said: “First, as an OIC mediation unit, we have to start functioning. They shared with us their best practices and we will set our objectives and concentrate on capacity building of the unit during the initial period.”

Regarding whether the Palestinian issue would be a part of the political mediation, Madani replied, “Palestine is at the core of cases with the OIC, yet it is premature to decide at this point.”

She explained further saying, “The idea of this unit is that it will support the OIC departments and organs involved in peace, security and mediation issues. It will help and assist the mediators within the OIC to be able to better mediate with both member states as well as non-member states. The unit once fully functional will be available for the member states to utilize its services.”

Source: Arab News.