Head of OIC and Turkish foreign minister to discuss situation in Urumqi
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 8 / Trend , U.Sadikhova /
The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu will meet with Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davudoglu to discuss the situation in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (also known as East Turkistan), which caused the death of 140 residents, the OIC said.
Formerly the Secretary General called upon the Government of China to carry out prompt, effective and transparent investigation of this greave incident. On July 8, Ihsanoglu held a meeting with the members of the OIC and representatives of international human rights commissions.
The riots occurred in the administrative center of the city of Urumqi on Sunday evening. According to eyewitnesses, the fighting involved burning shops and cars, looting, RIA Novosti reported.
According to recent data provided by local law-enforcement agencies, the incident caused death of 140 people and 800 injured civilian casualties.
As formerly reported, the protesters in Urumqi expressed dissatisfaction with the recent deaths of two Uighurs in clashes of workers in toy factory in Guangdong province.
According to Chinese police, the instigator of the current disorder was the World Uighur Congress, led by Rebiya Kadeer. According to Chinese sources, exactly he directs the action from abroad.
An extremist group "East Turkistan" functions in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, which acts for the establishment of Muslim state in the territory of several countries. Chinese Government considers it a terrorist organization, relying on the support of foreign terrorist organizations. Formerly China announced the links of "Eastern Turkistan" with Al Qaeda.
According to official data, about 10.6 million various nationalities of China, many of whom practice Islam, reside in the region.