OIC opposes military intervention in Syria - Arab News
JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is firmly opposed to any international military intervention in Syria and has called for a negotiated settlement of the conflict through regional means, Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said on Sunday.
“We have seen the disaster and turmoil brought by international military intervention in more than one place, be it Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or any other place. So, we fully oppose the idea of any such intervention but are open to dialogue and regional endeavors to resolve the conflict and to stop the blood-shed in Syria,” Ihsanoglu said.
The OIC chief called for the reforms promised by the Syrian leadership to be implemented in order to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people, and for security and stability to return to the country.
He further said that the OIC was waiting for the report of the Arab League monitors already in unrest-hit Syria to take stock of the situation and that it will not send a fact-finding mission of its own to Damascus, “because there is no need to duplicate a similar effort already under way.”
“We will wait for the Arab monitors’ report and study it threadbare and then chalk out our future course of action,” he said.
However, the OIC chief assured that the group had already conceived a contingency plan to put in action if the situation further deteriorated in Syria, but refused to divulge its details.