Bringing Myanmar killers to justice tops summit agenda

Bringing Myanmar killers to justice tops summit agenda

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    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah being received by Crown Prince Salman upon his arrival in Makkah. (SPA)

DAMMAM: SIRAJ WAHAB Sunday 12 August 2012

The ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is one of the key issues to be discussed at the Islamic solidarity summit convened by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in Makkah on Aug. 14-15.
With just two days to go for the conclave of the world’s most important Muslim leaders in the most holy city, pressure is mounting on Myanmar’s military junta to allow international and Islamic relief agencies access to the besieged Muslim population of the Arakan province.

Two important delegations to Myanmar — one led by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the other by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation — this week have revealed signs of panic and desperation among the junta’s top leadership.
“They have been caught out and have now realized that what they have done to Rohingya Muslims constitutes a war crime,” one of the diplomats at the Jeddah-based OIC told Arab News.
“There is no doubt that the state was and possibly still is involved in the planned pogrom of Arakan Muslims, and they are now trying to reach out to the Muslim world to lessen the impact of the expected robust and unified Muslim response at the Makkah summit,” he said.
Besides Davutoglu, the Turkish delegation included Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wife Emine and daughter Sumeyye. The delegation called on Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and visited Rohingya Muslims staying in the Banduba refugee camp where more than 8,500 Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter.
The delegates received a first-hand account of what exactly happened to the Rohingya Muslims. They talked to a number of victims, and at one point, according to reports in the Turkish media, the prime minister’s wife was reduced to tears while listening an account being recounted by an affected Rohingya Muslim woman.
Davutoglu later told journalists that he would present his findings to the Muslim leaders at the Makkah summit. His findings will hold the key to the future course of action from the Muslim world at the summit.
According to a top Jeddah-based diplomat, there are a number of measures that the Muslim world can think of against Myanmar.
“We can haul the country’s top military leadership, including President Thein Sein and the Arakan provincial head, to the International Court of Justice in The Hague and try them like Solobodan Milosevic and other Serbian leadership,” he said. “Among the other viable options are that of approaching the UN Security Council and UN Human Rights Council.”
The diplomat also hinted at pressurizing and persuading the world’s leading powers to constitute an international peace-keeping force to save the Rohingya Muslims from being obliterated and uprooted from their historic homeland.
The OIC delegation to Myanmar was headed by former Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla. Among others, it included OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Atta Manan Bakhiet and presidents of the Qatari Red Crescent and Kuwaiti International Humanitarian Commission.
The OIC delegates conveyed to President Thein Sein of the outrage in the Muslim world at the deplorable humanitarian conditions in the Arakan province of Myanmar.
The delegation asked for access to Muslim humanitarian organizations to provide emergency aid to inhabitants of the worst-hit Arakan province “without any religious discrimination.”
According to a press note issued by the OIC yesterday, Myanmar president welcomed the OIC delegation and stated that that what had happened was not a direct result of religious differences. Instead, he blamed the massacre on what he called as “social problems between various ethnicities in the province.”
Thein Sein pointed out to the OIC delegates that the international media distorted the events and presented wrong information and exaggerated the killings.
“President Thein Sein stressed his eagerness for the Muslim world in particular to know the truth about what occurred in Arakan, and he mentioned that he had sent an invitation to OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu recently to visit Myanmar to observe the real situation in the affected province,” said the OIC press note.
The president welcomed the OIC humanitarian delegation to Arakan and agreed to allow the OIC and its partner organizations to provide humanitarian aid to the province in an urgent manner and to open an office in the region in coordination with the central government in Yangon and the local authorities in the province.
He instructed the relevant ministries to sign an agreement with the OIC to complete the arrangements.


One Response to “Bringing Myanmar killers to justice tops summit agenda”

  1. drkokogyi Says:

    OIC’s special edition highlights agenda
    DAMMAM: Siraj Wahab

    Friday 10 August 2012

    Huge excitement is in the air as Saudi Arabia prepares for the Islamic solidarity summit in Makkah on Aug. 14-15. Apart from Syria, Palestine and Burma, finding solutions to the deteriorating security scenario in Yemen and Somalia and establishing peace in Afghanistan will also be among the top priorities of the Muslim leaders.
    According to reliable diplomatic sources, the US is sending its special envoy to the OIC Rashad Hussain to attend the summit. “His presence as an observer will help him to convey to US President Barack Obama about the prevalent mood in the Muslim world vis-a-vis Syria and Afghanistan — two countries where America has huge stakes,” said one of the diplomats at the OIC.
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari have already confirmed their attendance at the key summit. That the Muslim world is very keen at the deliberations and positive outcome of the summit is evident from the editorial comments and special articles that are being run in the major publications coming out of the Muslim world. These publications and TV channels have congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in taking the lead at a very crucial juncture in the history of modern Muslims.
    “He has shown that he cares deeply for Muslim world around the world,” said a commentator in a leading Pakistani daily. “While everyone of us was lamenting and wringing our hands in despair at the turn of events, King Abdullah showed extraordinary leadership, sagacity and maturity by convening the Makkah summit and raising hopes of a breakthrough.”
    An English daily from Turkey said King Abdullah, by virtue of being the custodian of the holy mosques, is the leader of all Muslims and “this is reflected in the immediate acceptance of his invitation by almost all major Muslim countries of the world.”
    At the Jeddah headquarters of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation, led by the dynamic Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, diplomats are busy finalizing the agenda and preparing the relevant resolutions and documents. “There is excitement and positive buzz among the representatives of various countries at the OIC,” said a diplomat from Afghanistan. “Tomorrow (Saturday) we have a special meeting to discuss the possible talking points during the summit.”
    The OIC has come out with a special publication in Arabic to coincide with the summit. It has on its cover the calming and reassuring picture of King Abdullah. According to Maha Akeel, the managing editor of the prestigious OIC Journal, the special issue has a comprehensive coverage of the forthcoming summit and carries a special message from the organization’s secretary-general in which he describes King Abdullah’s decision to hold the summit as “timely and needed in light of the events taking place in various parts of the Muslim world.”
    “The issue is a special edition that will be distributed at the summit,” said Akeel. It contains reports on developments taking place in some member states and Muslim communities around the world, such as Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan and the Muslim Rohingyas. There is also a special report on the status of refugees in the Muslim world as a result of wars, conflicts, ethnic cleansing and natural disasters.
    Interestingly, it is not just the Muslim world that is keenly watching the developments at the summit. Representatives of many non-Muslim countries and organizations have expressed their desire to attend the summit as observers. They include countries such as Russia, Thailand and Turkish Cyprus and Muslim organizations such as Moro Liberation Front, Hurriyat Conference of Kashmir.SOURCE:

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