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OIC chief blasts Naypyitaw’s handling of Muslim issue

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, said on Sunday that the violence orchestrated against Muslims in Myanmar is “unacceptable”.

Ihsanoglu also warned that the anti-Muslim sentiment must not be allowed to spread as he referred to a similar outbreak of violence in Sri Lanka perpetrated by Buddhist extremists against Muslims.

In his speech at the emergency meeting of foreign ministers of the Contact Group on Rohingya minorities held at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah on April 14, the OIC leader stated that “violence against Myanmar Muslims is unacceptable and must not continue.” He added that this violence was a clear evidence of the wrong-headed approach of Naypyitaw in handling the racial and religious tensions that broke out last summer.

The OIC Secretary General said that “Buddhist extremists saw in this approach an official blessing of their atrocities and have therefore continued their crimes and indeed expanded the scope of their operations to other regions.”

He added that the OIC General Secretariat had made “many attempts” to contact the Myanmar Embassy in Riyadh about the issue without receiving any response.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 April 2013 13:22 )  

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