Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Burma: OIC calls on Rohingya people to unite

Source: Kaladan Press Network

OIC calls on Rohingya people to unite

“This is the second meeting of its kind, and Jeddah aims to unite behind the efforts of the Rohingya people.”

The Secretary General clarified that an agreement was reached during the first meeting on 9 June 2010 which established an organizational and coordination structure known as the Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) with the aim of uniting Rohingya peoples' efforts. He stated that today’s meeting seeks the same purpose.

The Secretary General underlined that the meeting stresses the importance of coordinating the work of Rohingya Muslim organizations and uniting their ranks under a united coordination council, and calls on OIC to continue these efforts to reclaim Rohingya Muslims' rights.

The OIC Secretary General’s speech was delivered by Mr. Talal Daaous, Director of the Department of Muslim Minorities for the OIC.

The Secretary General highlighted the importance of the Meeting of Senior Leaders of the Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) and the Euro-Burma Office (EBO), which will take place in the OIC headquarters on 30 and 31 May 2011, according to Mr. Talal Daaous, who read the speech on behalf of the Secretary General at the meeting.

The Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) reiterated the OIC’s solidarity with the Rohingya people and reassured them of the continued support of the organisation.

The Secretary General also reaffirmed that the OIC supports the return of the refugees and the restoration of their rights and privileges which were taken from them by the Burmese authorities.