JEDDAH, Concluding its urgent meeting on Foreign Ministers’ level Thursday, the executive committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on the Security Council and international effective parties to impose an immediate and permanent ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo and other besieged areas.

The aim of this immediate ceasefire is to help relief humanitarian workers provide aid to residents of these areas, the committee said in its final communique.

The urgent meeting was held to discuss situations in Syria amid the disastrous situations in Aleppo.

The committee announced its strong rejection and condemnation of all coercion policies of the Syrian regime aiming to subjugate its people through imposing siege, starvation and intimidation in Aleppo and the rest of besieged areas, the communique said.

It considered all these violations as war crimes and crimes against humanity that run counter to international laws and conventions, stressing the necessity of bringing the perpetrators to justice, it added.

The communique reiterated OIC member states’ commitment to maintaining Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, recalling the organization’s resolutions and statements issued during meetings on Syria in Istanbul, Kuwait and Tashkent.

The committee expressed its grave concern over the disastrous developments in Aleppo due to the flagrant aggression launched by the Syrian regime and its supporters against Syrians that killed many civilians and destroyed the city, the communique noted.

It renewed its condemnation of the Syrian regime and its allies’ continued military operations, use of banned weapons and dropping barrel bombs on civilians.

The committee reaffirmed its firm stance that the resumption of UN-brokered negotiations in accordance with the Geneva I and UN Security Council Resolution 2254 is the only way for solving the Syrian crisis, it said.

It stressed the necessity of allowing refugees and displaced people to return their homes as soon as the conflict is settled, rejecting completely any measures by the regime aiming to change the population’s demographic structure, the communique pointed out.

The conferees urged the Security Council and UN General Assembly to assume their responsibilities towards maintaining the safety of civilians, ending hostilities against them and lift the siege.

They reiterated their call for solving any conflict by peaceful and political ways in accordance with the UN Charter and other international conventions, it said.

They renewed OIC member states’ condemnation of terrorism in its all forms and manifestations, affirming their determination to combat and uproot this scourge.

The committee called for the necessity of providing quick humanitarian aid to civilians across Syria, urging all member states and civil society organizations to contribute to offering urgent aid so as to alleviate suffering of Syrians.

In his speech during the meeting, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir emphasized his country’s support for the Syrian people who are facing a genocide by the Syrian regime nationwide.

He said the Kingdom welcomed the UN Security Council Resolution 2328 on sending international observers in Aleppo to supervise the evacuation process of civilians.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for the resumption of negotiations with opposition and the departure of foreign militias so as to reach a political transition period in Syria.

The Syrian people have been suffering from the regime’s shelling for six years that led to disastrous results; the death of 600,000 people and the displacement of 11 million, he said.

Since that time, the Syrian regime has chosen the military option in Aleppo that led to the aggravation of situation through committing massacres by allied militias, he noted.

Meanwhile, OIC Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen demanded an urgent intervention to protect Aleppo’s citizens and create safe corridors for civilians to leave the besieged city.

He said the UN, the international community and effective parties are asked to take measures for a cessation of genocide committed by the regime and its supporters against Syrian people.

For his part, the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC Secretary General Abdulatif Al-Zayani lauded the prominent role of Gulf red crescent societies in aiding Syrian brothers and sisters in Aleppo.

He called on the international community to pay much attention to humanitarian situation in Aleppo and stop the bloodshed there.


JEDDAH, Concluding its urgent meeting on Foreign Ministers' level Thursday, the executive committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on the Security Council and international effective parties to impose an immediate and permanent ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo and other besieged areas.The aim of this...