OIC Secretary General to attend ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 22 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, will attend the "Friends of Syria" meeting, dedicated to discussing solutions to the Syrian crisis, which will be held on February 24 in Tunisis, the organization's press-release said on Wednesday.
Mr Ihsanoglu reiterated the need for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, meeting all the requirements of the Syrian people and the provision of all human rights.
During an emergency meeting of foreign ministers in Tunisia, the Arab League initiated holding its first international conference of Group 'Friends of Syria'.
Russia which previously vetoed the UN Security Council resolution on Syria, has already stated that it will not participate in the conference because the composition of delegates, the agenda and that the focus of the initiative are not clear.
Anti-government protests which began in mid-March have persisted in Syria for almost a year. Daily reports are being received about the deaths of people, both civilians and the security forces. According to UN statistics, the total number of victims in the country exceeds 5400 people. The Syrian authorities accuse armed militants of the clashes saying they receive assistance from neighbouring countries.