Organization of Islamic Cooperation suspends Syria
August 14, 2012
Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation have suspended Syria’s membership in the organization.
The decision comes just ahead of Wednesday’s summit of the OIC in Mecca, which is expected to float the so-called “Islamic initiative” on ending the Syrian conflict. It reportedly boils down to applying the Yemeni scenario whereby President Assad would voluntarily step down and let the government and the opposition agree a transitional period leading up to general elections.
The two-day summit, to include among others, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will look for ways to reconcile the world’s Moslem community.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation was established in 1969 with an eye to boosting Islamic solidarity in social, economic and political life. Russia has an observer status in the more than 55-nation-strong OIC.
August 14, 2012
Syria to be suspended from Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising, a diplomat said on Monday before a two-day OIC summit in Mecca.
“The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles… It will be approved,” said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah.
He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit which was called by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah earlier this month.
Aug 13, 2012