by Adeniyi Abdul
Leaders of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) suspended the membership of Syria earlier today. This took place during a meeting in Mecca and is meant as a gesture to protest the ongo ing violence in the country.
A statement issued at the end the summit said participants had agreed on ”the need to end immediately the acts of violence in Syria and to suspend that country from the OIC,’ due to ”deep concern at the massacres and inhuman acts suffered by the Syrian people.”
OIC chief Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told a news conference the decision sent ”a strong message from the Muslim world to the Syrian regime,” but also said he “did not see much support for external military intervention” in Syria during the summit.
”This world can no longer accept a regime that massacres its people using planes, tanks and heavy artillery,” Ihsanoglu said, adding that it was ”also a message to the international community stating that the Muslim world backs a peaceful solution, wants an end to the bloodshed and refuses to let the problem degenerate into a religious conflict and spill over.”
The suspension had been approved on Monday despite facing objection from Iran. Iranian foreign minister, Ali-Akbar Salehi, described the decision to suspend Syria from the organisation as “unfair and unjust”. In his opinion, Syria should have been allowed “to defend itself and its official stance would be heard.”
This is certainly great news.