8 February 2013

Egypt: Islamic Summit Support Morsi's Quartet Initiative to Resolve Syrian Crisis

The final communiqué of the 12th Summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reiterated full support for a quartet initiative launched by President Mohamed Morsy in the extraordinary Makkah-hosted summit held in August 2012 to resolve the Syrian crisis.

The communiqué stressed on preserving Syria's territorial integrity and its sovereignty and independence.

The statement said that the Syrian government is responsible for the ongoing violence and bloodshed in the country, calling for holding dialogue among the various Syrian factions.

The communiqué also called for an immediate stop to violence, bloodshed and human rights violations in order to avoid sliding into a civil war.

The document urged the international community to assume its responsibilities, bring about an end for the bloodshed in Syria and find a peaceful and permanent resolution for 23-month crisis.

The closing statement also supported efforts exerted by the joint UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.

The statement condemned the Israeli attack against Syrian research center on January 30, urging the international community to take the necessary measures to stop any such future aggression.

It also praised Kuwait's efforts to host donors' conference on Syria under the auspices of the United Nations.

The statement commended all countries and charity organizations throughout the world that pledged to offer about $ 1.5 billion to help the Syrian people inside Syria and abroad.

The closing statement condemned anew Israeli attacks against holy places in Al-Quds (Occupied East Jerusalem) and bids to Judaize the city.

Al-Quds is part and parcel of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 war in line with the relevant international resolutions, the statement said, slamming the ongoing construction of 'Apartheid Wall' around the holy city.

It hailed the UN General Assembly approval for granting Palestine a non-member observer State status.

The communiqué condemned the Israeli offensive on Gaza last year, saying it had left a severe damage to the enclave's infrastructure along with hundreds dead and injured. It also denounced the 'illegal' Israeli blockade on the Palestinian strip.

The statement said that just and permanent solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict should be based on the provisions of international law and Security Council's resolutions.

The opportunity is available to realize inter-Palestinian reconciliation and bring an end to internal schism between Hamas and Fatah, the statement said, praising utmost efforts exerted by Egypt in this respect.

The communiqué called for holding free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections in Mali.

The closing statement called also for an immediate deployment of an international mission to give a hand to Mali in this critical period along with providing logistic and financial aid for this mission.

The communiqué urged all OIC member-states and humanitarian organizations to provide the necessary assistance to alleviate the suffering of refugees and displaced in Mali.

The statement also reaffirmed support for efforts to establish a nuclear weapon-free zone in Middle East. It called for pressuring Israel, the only state in the region that did not join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, to sign the treaty.

The communiqué also regrets an announcement by the organizers of a conference, scheduled for December in Finland on creating a zone free of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Middle East, that the event had been postponed.

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