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    OIC conference on Rohingyas in Jeddah next week

    OIC chief Ihsanoglu
    says targeting of Muslims in central Myanmar in March and April has been a
    particularly worrying development. (AN photo)

    Arab News:
    July 5, 2013

    The Organization of
    Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold on July 7 and 8 the Arakan Rohingya Union
    Conference at its headquarters in Jeddah.
    The charter of the
    Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) will be submitted to the members for discussion in
    preparation for its adoption.
    The agenda of the
    conference will also include introduction of the current and new members of the
    union, which was established by the OIC in May 2011 to unite the Rohingya
    refugees around the world.
    Waqarudin, director
    general of the first session of the union, will present his report on ARU’s
    achievements. The conference will look into the strategy and action plan of the
    union in the next session, in addition to electing officials and the formation
    of the Supreme Council, the committees and advisory board.
    In a letter sent
    through his special envoy, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told
    Myanmar President Thein Sein that the organization, on behalf of the 57 heads
    of the member states, is ready to assist in reaching a long-term solution to
    problems of Muslims in Myanmar.
    Special envoy Talal
    Daous, director of minorities department at the OIC, accompanied by Hassan
    Abdin, delivered the letter last week.
    In the letter, the
    secretary-general said the OIC is ready to assist in any way to reach a
    long-term solution for the existing and emerging problems of all Muslims in
    Myanmar, who deserve nothing less than the basic rights accorded to any citizen
    of Myanmar, including access to urgent humanitarian assistance.
    The special envoy
    delivered the letter to Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and during the
    meeting discussions focused on the importance of the secretary-general’s visit
    to Myanmar and the Contact Group on Myanmar.
    “We believe that a
    long-term solution to the problems of the Rohingya Muslims can only be found
    through the restoration of their legal status and the recognition of their
    birth right, including citizenship,” said Ihsanoglu.
    He said the
    targeting of Muslims in central Myanmar during the last week of March and last
    week of April has been a particularly worrying development for the reason that
    unlike the Rohingya Muslims, the recent events involved Muslims who are
    integrated in the Myanmarese society with full citizenship rights in areas
    outside the Rakhine region.
    “We are concerned
    that what was once considered as a case of inter-communal violence confined to
    one part of Myanmar now has the danger of spreading throughout the country,”
    Ihsanoglu said.
    The OIC chief said
    that with the cooperation of the authorities in Myanmar, OIC member states
    would be willing to establish a collaborative mechanism with Myanmar to provide
    economic and humanitarian assistance to all those in need, confidence building
    between communities, interfaith dialogue and technical expertise to assist
    Myanmar in its democratic transition and integration into the international