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OIC Ambassadorial Group Met With the UN Security Council President on Rohingya

On February 7, 2017 the OIC Group of Ambassadors that are members of the OIC Contact Group on Rohingya issue had a meeting with Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, President of the Security Council, and Permanent Representative of Ukrain to the United Nations to discuss ways on how the United Nations could take up a greater role and put more efforts and resources to address the issues of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The visit aimed at conveying the message and concerns of the OIC Member States to the president of the UN Security Council and through him to other members of the council.

Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, the OIC and Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey were part of the Group.

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations H.E. Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi spoke on behalf of the OIC Group of Ambassadors in his capacity as the head of the group. He expressed serious concern over the situation of Rohingyas in Myanmar and emphasized that the issue needed to be given more attention and importance. He also mentioned that the group was planning to meet the UN Secretary and the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations on the matter.

The meeting took note of the decisions of the Kuala Lumpur as well as other relevant OIC meetings on the issue of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The Ambassador and Permanent Representatives of Indonesia to the UN as a member of ASEAN and as a country deeply involved in the issue also explained concern over the situation and underscored the need to give special attention to the situation. Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN shared concerns of the OIC Ambassadorial Group and explained that his country has been hosting large number of Rohingya refugees from Myanamar. He stated that the situation needs to addressed to avoid further crises.

 The President of the UN Security Council, Mr. Volodymyr Yelchenko stated that he will do his best and promised to brief the UN Security Council on this issue.