Turkey seeks unity as ‘60% of global conflicts’ are in OIC geography
The plight of Palestinians, Syrians, Kashmiris, Turkish Cypriots, Uighurs and Rohingya Muslims features prominently in Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu’s speech at the annual OIC gathering in New York.
Turkey reiterated its support for flood-hit Pakistan, reaffirmed its support for Palestine and urged members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to unite against global conflicts and challenges.
The world is currently “less secure and more uncertain,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday at the Islamic bloc’s annual coordination meeting in New York. “More than two billion people live in conflict areas and unfortunately around 60% of conflicts are in the OIC geography.”
He conveyed his condolences to Pakistan following the deadly floods in the country which affected 33 million people, left at least 1,576 dead and destroyed property and crops worth $30 billion.
“Turkey and the Turkish people will continue to support brotherly Pakistan and Pakistani brothers and sisters,” Cavusoglu said.
Turkey has sent crucial aid to Pakistan by air and land convoys, carrying food and basic necessities to come to the aid of the disaster-stricken South Asian ally.
Regarding Palestine, Cavusoglu said Ankara seeks peace and stability in conflict areas and reiterated that Turkey will continue to support Palestine.
“It is our responsibility to defend the independent and sovereign state of Palestine and Jerusalem as its capital,” Cavusoglu said.
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“Acting in unity”
The OIC is the second largest intergovernmental body after the UN, with its 57 member states spread across four continents.
It was established in 1969 at a historic summit in Rabat, Morocco’s capital, in response to an arson attack on the Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.
“In Syria, a lasting solution can only be achieved through a political process based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254,” he said.
Regarding Libya, Cavusoglu said that “the legal basis and the concrete roadmap, including the timing of elections, are crucial. Attempts to undermine the current peace are not helpful and very dangerous.”
In Afghanistan, Türkiye is “engaged with the Taliban to encourage them to adopt an inclusive administration and guarantee the rights of all, including women and children”, Cavusoglu said, announcing the recent opening of two more schools for girls. in Kabul.
Recalling that Turkey supports the OIC Humanitarian Trust Fund, Cavusoglu encouraged all OIC Member States to pay “their annual contributions for a more visible and effective OIC”.
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Support Kashmiris, Turkish Cypriots, Uyghurs, Rohingyas
Expressing his support for Pakistan’s proposal to reinvigorate the OIC’s efforts for peace and security, Cavusoglu said that “the OIC contact group on mediation will be a useful platform to discuss future measures to take in this regard”.
“Türkiye believes in Islamic solidarity and supports the legitimate causes of all Muslims around the world.”
Cavusoglu cited the injustices Turkish Cypriots face via “isolation and embargoes” and expressed Ankara’s expectation of OIC members to stand with Turkish Cypriots.
“The Turkish Muslim minority in Greece is also deprived of their fundamental rights and freedoms. Their elected muftis are not recognized and they are not allowed to express their ethnic identity and enjoy autonomy in education”, a- he added.
“As the second largest international organization, the OIC is our collective voice against injustice against Muslims. I reaffirm our strong solidarity with Uighur Turks, Rohingya Muslims, our Kashmiri brothers and all other Muslim communities facing injustice across the world,” Cavusoglu said. said.
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