Kazakhstan to attend OIC emergency meeting on Libya

March 17. Central Asia Newswire

Kazakhstan to attend OIC emergency meeting on LibyaThe Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which will be led by Kazakhstan beginning in June, will hold an emergency meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday to discuss the developing situation in Libya.

The OIC is a 57-member intergovernmental organization representing the interests of Islamic states. Kazakhstan will assume its one-year presidency of the organization this summer.

The other nations slated to attend the emergency session are Tajikistan, Egypt, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Syria, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reported on Wednesday.

The organization called the “urgent meeting” to “take appropriate resolutions regarding the situation,” the AFP reported the OIC as announcing from its headquarters in Jeddah.

Libya is in the midst of a violent battle between anti-government forces and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s army for control of the country.

On March 8, the OIC asked the United Nations to support a no-fly zone over the Libyan air space but rejected any ground intervention.

On Sunday, the OIC organized a unit for Islamic humanitarian assistance to help those caught in key cities of the conflict in Libya, including Benghazi, the OIC announced in a press release.  The Secretary-General of the organization, Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, called on IOC member states to contribute medical and supplies to the effort.