OIC Ministerial Delegation to Oslo warns of Judaisation of Al-Quds

JEDDAH, 8th February, 2015 (WAM) — A delegation of Foreign Ministers from OIC Member States has begun an unprecedented visit to Norway aiming to mobilise international support for the Palestinian cause.

The delegation, headed by the Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, met with the Foreign Minister of Norway, Borge Brinde, with the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Malki, Guinean Foreign Minister, Lounceny Fall, OIC Secretary-General, Iyad Ameen Madani and the Special Envoy of the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan in attendance.

The delegation delivered a message to the Norwegian government on Israeli practices that have led to the failure of the nearly quarter-a-century-old peace process, with successive Israeli governments using this period to change the facts on the ground, intensify Judaisation campaigns against Al-Quds, build settlements, double the number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank to 600,000, in addition to the construction of the Apartheid Wall and the attacks on Palestinians in all ways and forms.

The delegation said that the continuation of the situation as such is no longer feasible, and that any future negotiations or peace process must be based on clear political terms of reference, a time-frame and international guarantees.

The group expressed its appreciation of the position of Norway and its close ties with the OIC Member States, hoping that Norway would use its role in supporting the Palestinians to end the occupation and achieve independence on their land occupied since 1967.

The delegation focused on the issue of the Judaisation of Al-Quds and desecration of Islamic and Christian Holy sites, explained that Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of the most venerated places of worship for Muslims, and warned that any act against it serves as an affront to the feelings of the Muslim Ummah as a whole, and that Israel’s continuation of this approach would take the region into a religious conflict with dire consequences.

The Foreign Minister of Norway expressed his understanding of the messages of the delegation and pledged that his country will continue its historical role in building peace and stability in the region. Brinde also reiterated Norway’s support for the two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative and stressed that settlements are illegal and undermine peace.

In turn, Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that the patience of the Palestinian people with Israeli practices has been exhausted and that condemnation statements by the international community are no longer sufficient. He added that this visit and the upcoming visits to other capitals serve as sounding-the-alarm and a call for action before it is too late. He called on the international community to assume its responsibilities to stop these practices, and end the occupation.