TUNIS, 3 Rabi al-Thani/25 Feb.(IINA)-The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, stressed on the readiness of the OIC and its member states to contribute to all efforts and initiatives which will be approved endorsed by the Group of Friends of the Syrian people meeting in the Republic of Tunisia on Friday, 24 February 2012, in order to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria, through the cessation of bloodshed of innocent citizens, fulfilling the legitimate demands of the Syrian people of democracy and respect for human rights.
Ihsanoglu, who participated in the meeting of the Group said that the situation in Syria is getting worse day after day with the continuing excessive use of force, resulting in the death and injury of hundreds of civilians, while cities, villages and neighborhoods are being bombarded, and the logic of force is above the logic of wisdom and reason, pointing out that “the suffering of the Syrian people is increasingly getting worse in light of the inability of relief organizations and humanitarian institutions to provide support and assistance for not being allowed to deliver aid to these areas”. He called for the protection of Syrian civilians and enabling humanitarian institutions to do its work.
Ihsanoglu underscored the demands of the OIC Executive Committee, which had called on Syrian authorities to end human rights violations, and to allow Islamic and international humanitarian organizations to be allowed into Syria, stressing that the Syrian authorities did not respond to the demand of the OIC in this regard.
The Secretary General expressed regret at the loss of more victims following the inability of the UN Security Council early February to adopt a resolution on the Syrian crisis. He reiterated the OIC’s concerned announced earlier over its fear of more killings of innocent people and destruction, which is now being practiced on the ground.
Ihsanoglu also stressed his support for the decision of the UN General Assembly, which was adopted last week with a large majority of the Member States, calling for the need for an immediate and total cessation of all acts of violence and killing of Syrian civilians, and to invite the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution in this regard.