OIC supports peaceful transition in Syria, opposes military intervention

OIC supports peaceful transition in Syria, opposes military intervention

Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu

March 16, 2012, Friday/ 15:36:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu has said he is opposed to any military intervention in Syria, calling instead for diplomatic negotiations to overcome the crisis.

İhsanoğlu met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday in Washington, D.C., in order to address the latest developments in Syria and the current situation in Palestine.

“I've told Clinton that we [the OIC] are against a military intervention in Syria and that we support negotiations to overcome the crisis in that country,” stated İhsanoğlu, commenting on the meeting. He noted that the US was also against a military intervention.

“We will extend every type of support to Kofi Annan as the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria to help him achieve success in his mission,” İhsanoğlu explained.

Annan was on a mediation mission in Syria recently and met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an attempt to negotiate a truce or unimpeded humanitarian access, but was unsuccessful.

İhsanoğlu also noted that an OIC delegation had arrived in Damascus to provide humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, the OIC signed an agreement with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) regarding humanitarian aid. The agreement envisages cooperation on humanitarian aid and socio-economic development.

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