OIC against intervention in Syria, calls for pressure

By REUTERS
February 15, 2012 06:37

 
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CANBERRA - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday urged greater diplomatic pressure to force Syria's government to negotiate with the opposition but said it was against the use of foreign military intervention.

Secretary General of the 57-member organization, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoğlu, told an audience in Canberra that military intervention would only harm the Syrian people, citing conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Somalia.

"All these military interventions worsened the position rather than solved the conflict," he said.

International powers, along with the OIC and the Arab League, plan to meet in Tunis on Feb. 24 as part of a newly-created "Friends of Syria Group" to look for a way to peacefully end the conflict in Syria.

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