Date: 20/07/2017

Arabic: العربية

The International Conference titled (Role of International Community in Providing Political and Economic Support to Al Quds) co-organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, kicked off in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.

OIC Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and Al Quds Affairs, Ambassador Samir Bakr Diyab, delivered a speech on behalf of the Secretary General, Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen in which he highlighted Israel’s unprecedented and dangerous escalation of its violations, the recent and most serious of which are closure of Al Aqsa Mosque and installation of electronic gates in an attempt to change the status quo.

The Secretary General’s speech pointed out that Israel, the occupying power, continues its policy to impose new reality on the ground in order to alter the demographic nature of the occupied Al Quds city and eradicate its identity, attacking the Islamic and Christian holy sites in an attempt to isolate Al Quds from its Palestinian surroundings in clear violation of international law and relevant resolutions of international legitimacy. Ambassador Bakr renewed the OIC warning against the dangerous continuation of these violations that constitute an aggression and unprecedented provocation to the feelings of Muslims and further lead to expansion of the sphere of conflict taking it to a dangerous religious dimension.

The Secretary General, in his address delivered by Ambassador Bakr, demanded that international community should assume its responsibilities regarding cessation of settlements, putting an end to occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories since 1967 including East Jerusalem, solving the refugees problem according to resolution No. 194, and finally having the two state solution, the only way to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
Baku meeting, that continues its proceedings tomorrow, Friday, comes within a series of meetings organized by the OIC in partnership with the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in an attempt to raise international awareness of the current developments in the question of Palestine.