KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 21, 2012): The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is in the midst of arranging a visit to Myanmar for discussion on ways to resolve the crisis faced by minority Rohingya Muslims.
According to OIC, the visit will be led by Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and a number of foreign ministers from the member states.
The ministers will assess the humanitarian needs of those affected by the violence in the Rakhine state, and also coordinate with the Myanmar authorities to develop a plan for it, it said in a statement.
The visit is part of the resolutions adopted at the recent OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting in Djibouti.
The 39th CFM urged member states to intensify efforts in the restoration of the Rohingya Muslims’ nationality and citizenship rights, and the return of refugees, as soon as possible.
It also called on member states to support and assist Muslims in Myanmar, in particular, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), as well as refugees living outside their homeland.
The OIC secretary-general has described the terrorising, killing and burning of homes of the minority Rohingya Muslims as “ethnic cleansing”.
He has sent a letter to United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, urging him to address the issue. He had also sent a letter to US President Barack Obama before his departure to Myanmar, to bring up the rights of the Rohingya Muslims, in his meetings there.
According to the resolutions, the secretary-general is to work with the OIC Ambassadorial Group in New York and Geneva, to submit a resolution on the Rohingya Muslims, at the next meeting of the UN General Assembly, and at the ordinary session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. –Bernama