OIC Secretary-General welcomes the move of the President of the UN General Assembly to convene an emergency special session on Gaza
The OIC Secretary General welcomed and supported the call by the President of the General Assembly Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann for the resumption of the "10th Emergency Special Session (ESS) of the General Assembly on the illegal Israeli actions in occupied east Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory" today to discuss Israel`s aggression on Gaza.
The Secretary General referred to the Final Communique of the OIC Emergency Ministerial Executive Committee Meeting held in Jeddah on the 3rd of January 2009 which requested all OIC Member States to support the call for convening a meeting of the General Assembly under "Uniting for Peace", in cooperation with other Member States of the United Nations and to his letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the 5th of January 2009 in this regard.
The Secretary General stated that shocking breaches of international humanitarian law and human rights occurred and war crimes were committed in Gaza by the Israeli forces in front of the eyes of the world such as the targeting of humanitarian relief convoys, UNWRA schools and houses sheltering civilians, using of ammunition with chemical agents and hindering of the delivery of humanitarian and medical supplies to a population under occupation. The Secretary General repeated his call for considering all these actions of Israel under the light of the stipulations of the international law and Geneva Conventions with regard to war crimes and responsibilities of an occupying force. Therefore he gave his full support to the issuance of a resolution by the General Assembly asking for advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which should be followed by the establishment by the General Assembly of a Special Tribunal under article 22 of the UN Charter.
Secretary General Ihsanoglu cautioned the UN member states and particularly the OIC membership that a General Assembly resolution falling short of addressing the above concerns would be received by disappointment by the Muslim World.