Organization of Islamic Conference: Israel is committing War Crimes, UN Should Act

Iran Materials 1 August 2006 13:06 (UTC +04:00)

(zaman.com) - The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has called on the United Nations to declare the air strikes on the Lebanese village of Qana, killing about 60, as a war crime, and asked them to urgently take action for a ceasefire in Lebanon.

OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in his statement cited: Israels attacks are war crimes. With these assaults Israel has violated international laws and the fourth Geneva Convention that on the protection of civilians in war.

Ihsanoglu called on the UN Security Council to urgently take action to secure a ceasefire. The OIC will hold a meeting in Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur on August 3rd to discuss action is required to end the Israeli aggression in Palestine and Lebanon and to secure a lasting peace in the region, reports Trend.

OIC Calls Emergency Aid Meeting in Istanbul

The OIC today called an emergency aid meeting in Istanbul. Several aid organizations were invited to the meeting to be held in Istanbul on August 1 in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank and the Islamic Chamber of Commerce.

The meeting will address the questions of practical importance, such as mechanics of soliciting, collecting, and dispensing the aid to the Lebanese and Palestinians. The organization is also expected to take up the possibility of opening an OIC liaison office in the region to coordinate aid distribution to the war-torn countries.