NEW YORK, Oct 13, (KUNA): Delegates of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to the United Nations met here on Monday to discuss the atrocities against the Muslim community of the Central African Republic (CAR).
The meeting, chaired by Kuwait Representative to the UN and head of the 57-member OIC Group Mansour Al- Otaibi, was meant to shed light on ordeal of Muslim community in CAR at the hands of the extremist Anti-balaka group. Speaking to KUNA after the meeting, Ambassador Al-Otaibi said: “We aimed to draw the attention of the international community and the UN to the need to end the serious violations, oppression and discrimination against CAR Muslims.” “We have agreed on number of steps to protect the Muslim community in CAR, foremost among which is to arrange for meetings with UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon and President of the UN Security Council (Roman Oyarzun Marchesi, of Spain). “We plan to urge them to convene special debates on the issue and lobby for a UNSC resolution to protect this oppressed minority,” Ambassador Al-Otaibi revealed.
The conferees called for reinforcing the role of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in protecting the civilians in Bangui and other areas. They also called on the UN to work for holding the general elections in CAR by the end of this year with the participation of all segments of the society including the Muslim minority, he added. Regarding the recent Bangui forum, he called on the country’s transitional authorities to speedily implement the forum’s outcomes and reach consensus on national reconciliation.