3 March 2014

Statement by H. E. Mr. Gholamhossein Dehghani Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative

of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

OIC meeting at the Ambassadorial level

 3 March 2014 ,  New York

بسم الله

In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

Mr. Chairman,

I thank you again for providing the opportunity for OIC Member States to discuss the situation in the Central African Republic following to the Emergency Opened-ended Meeting at Ministerial level of the Executive Committee on this topic which was convened on 20th February 2014 at the General Secretariat in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are deeply concerned by the continuing escalation of violence, the cleansing of Muslims, the destruction of mosques and the mass exodus of Muslims out of the Central African Republic (CAR), an Observer State in the OIC.

Mr. Chairman,

My Delegation supports the range of principles and actions stipulated in Jeddah meeting.

The return of stability, peaceful coexistence and establishment of a durable peaceful settlement between the various ethnic and religious communities in the Central African Republic while respecting the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of the Central African Republic is certainly of utmost importance to this Delegation and all other OIC Member States. 

We strongly condemn the tragic events of 5th December 2013 against Muslims in Bangui and other parts of the country which has led the mass murder of thousands of civilians including women and children, the displacement of hundreds of thousands, the mass exodus of tens of thousands out the country, the destruction of mosques, the looting of their property. We are deeply concerned to learn that international response to protect Muslim civilians in this case was totally insufficient and not proportionate to the scale of the human disaster. 

The objective of Anti-Balaka militia and other extremist groups is certainly cleansing Islam and Muslims from the Central African society. In this context we support the efforts of the United Nations, the international community and the new authorities in the Central African Republic led by the Transitional government to stop genocide and other forms of murderous activities of these groups and restore security and stability in the country as a matter of emergency.

All Member States, the OIC financial institutions as well as all Islamic humanitarian NGOs to should extend their emergency humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic and to neighboring countries.

 We also fully support the specific initiatives stipulated in the recommendations of the Jeddah meeting in particular those relating to dispatch an OIC high level Mission led by the Chair of the CFM on a solidarity and assessment visit to Bangui, appointing a Special Representative to coordinate OIC actions and follow-up closely the situation in the Central African Republic as well as giving mandate to the OIC Independent Permanent Human rights Commission to examine the human rights situation in the Central African Republic and present concrete recommendations to the Council of Foreign Ministers towards addressing the issue in an effective manner. 

I Thank you Mr. Chairman.

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