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OIC Contact Group on Rohingya calls for UN Resolution on Myanmar

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(New York-AlummahWorld- Muharram 02, 1439H) The OIC Contact Group on the Rohingya Muslim Minority of Myanmar held a special meeting on the sidelines of the Annual Coordination Meeting (ACM) in New York on 19th September 2017.

The Meeting was Chaired by the Secretary General, Yousef Al-Othaimeen and was attended by Heads of State and Foreign Ministers from across the OIC membership, which included HE Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, as Chair of OIC Summit, HE Sheikha Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, HE Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and HE Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran. Also in attendance was Mr Jusuf Kalla, the Vice President of Indonesia, HE Mr. Adel Al-Jubair, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HE Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Foreign Minister of Djibouti, HE Mr. Ayman Al-Safadi, Foreign Minister of Jordan and HE Pehin Lim Jock Seng, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brunei. In addition, high level representatives attended from the UN and other international agencies as well as from the US, UK, France, EU, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the Philippines among others.

The meeting expressed solidarity with the long suffering Rohingya people and urged the UN to take clear and direct action to safeguard the rights of this long-suffering community. The meeting urged the government of Myanmar to stop the violence, allow refugees to return to their homes in safety and dignity and implement the recommendations of the Rakhine State Commission, chaired by Kofi Annan. The Meeting expressed concern over the huge influx of refugees into Bangladesh and requested that humanitarian assistance be increased to assist for the refugees in the country.

In view of the dire situation facing the Rohingya the meeting also requested all member states to consider restricting economic relations with Myanmar and all countries to consider suspending preferential trade agreements with the country. The meeting further urged the UN Security Council to take immediate action on the issue of the Rohingya and also agreed that a resolution would be introduced in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly on the plight of the Rohingya.