OIC’s words and deeds

A DELEGATION of members from the Organisation of Islamic Conference is set to meet the international quartet of sponsors behind the Middle East peace roadmap. The move, according to Malaysia’s foreign minister Syed Hamid Albar, is aimed at reviving the stalled Mid east peace process. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has convened a meeting of the so-called quartet that comprises the UN, the United States, the European Union and Russia, on May 4. The team from 57-member OIC is planning to call on the quartet members in a bid to convey the Muslim world’s viewpoint and push for peace in the region.

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Published: Thu 29 Apr 2004, 9:58 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:08 AM

The OIC has been particularly concerned over the US support to Ariel Sharon’s patently unjust pullout plan and worsening situation in Iraq. While the move by the biggest grouping of Muslim states deserves wholesome praise, it is doubtful if the global players, particularly the US, will pay any serious attention to what the OIC has to say on the situation in Middle East. And if there is anyone responsible for this state of affairs, it is the OIC itself. It has failed its 1.3 billion people time and again. Its record does not boast of any serious results emanating from its profound resolutions. Unfortunately, most OIC meetings so far have largely been futile exercises and a shameful waste of time and resources. The international body, representing some of the richest countries in the world, has been singularly ineffective and drifting. The international community would take the OIC seriously the day its own members take its words and deeds seriously. The situation in Palestinian territories and Iraq is indeed alarming and needs immediate attention of the world community. The OIC can help its people in Palestine, Iraq and elsewhere by ensuring unity in its ranks and asserting itself on the world stage.

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