2006 News Story

OIC condemns Israeli aggression against Lebanon

The Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) condemned Israeli aggression, expressing its concern over the continual assault on Lebanon which led to many civilian casualties and destruction of vital installations.

"In the wake of the recent ravaging foray into Lebanon causing extensive damage and scores of deaths among innocent civilians as a result of the indiscriminate bombardment of Lebanese residential areas and civilian infrastructure installations, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), strongly condemned the Israeli aggression against Lebanon, describing it as disproportionate, haughty, wanton, and perpetrated in total disregard of international humanitarian laws and civilized norms." OIC said in a statement issued today.

Ihsanoglu has sent an urgent letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressing "deep concern and profound preoccupation at the alarming Israeli escalation" and called on Anan "to see the new Israeli assault for what it is, in the broad context of the root causes of the conflict in the Middle East, as an action that is of a nature to undermine and destroy all efforts so far exerted to find a peaceful and negotiated settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian plight, in particular."

The OIC also called on Annan "to exhort the UN Security Council, as the sole international organ entrusted with restoring peace and security in the world, to urgently intervene in order to stop the present escalation of killing and the blood-letting and move for an immediate cease-fire."