- A ministerial meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) held in Jeddah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has described the indictment of Sudanese President by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as "unwarranted and unacceptable."
After an emergency meeting, the OIC issued a communique, urging the United Nations Security Council to indefinitely suspend the ICC's move to seek the indictment of President Omar Hassan al-Bachir on war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region.
The organisation was not only concerned about the indictment, it also took into cognizance the OIC's previous decisions on the Darfur conflict, and maintained that such moves would jeopardise peace and stability in the troubled region.
OIC ministers have respected the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and non-interference in the internal affairs of Sudan, and expected the international community to do the same.
The group maintained its solidarity with President al-Bachir and called on stakeholders to work towards achieving national reconciliation, lasting peace and stability in Africa's diverse but volatile country.
Islamic ministers called on the international community to urgently contribute to the reinforcement of the UN/African peacekeeping operations in Sudan whose mission was recently extended by the UN Security Council.
The meeting also tasked the OIC to team up with the African Union, the Arab League, Non-Aligned Movement and other political groupings to help the UN diffuse "this dangerous situation and preventing its recurrence."
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