World Muslim body to meet on Myanmar violence


31/Mar/2013
Source: AFP
The head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said on Saturday, March 30, 2013, that ministers from OIC states will meet on April 14 in Saudi Arabia to discuss deadly violence against Muslims in Myanmar. — FILE PHOTO: AFP

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) – The head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Saturday that ministers from OIC states will meet on April 14 in Saudi Arabia to discuss deadly violence against Muslims in Myanmar.

Mr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said in a statement that a contact committee of OIC foreign ministers would gather in the Red Sea port of Jeddah.

State media in Myanmar reported on Saturday that the death toll from communal violence in the centre of the country over the past 10 days has risen to 43, with more than 1,300 homes and other buildings destroyed.

An OIC statement said Mr Ihsanoglu addressed a contact group meeting on violence against Myanmar Muslims known as Rohingya on Saturday and said the organisation was “ready to take all necessary measures and actions to deal with it”.