OIC Should Take an Active Role and Not Remain a Spectator of the World Scene
“The world today is in the throes of complex crises. The ideals of tolerance and coexistence and the right to differ are being grossly violated. At the same time, we are witnessing some of the worst manifestations of extremism and exclusion as well as the distortion of values and frames of reference. As a result, our world is now wide open to all forms of violence and to the proliferation of hotbeds of tension and terrorist activities. Given this worsening situation on the one hand and our Ummah’s civilizational mission on the other, the Islamic countries are today called upon to make a bold, concrete contribution that provides answers to current questions and concerns, and that helps ensure progress and prosperity for all peoples, guided by the values of coexistence, equality and concord.” King Mohammed VI, February 6 2013.
In every summit of the Organization Islamic Conference (OIC), Arab and Muslim leaders get together to assess the political, economic and religious situation in their respective states and tackle a few topics of general interst. However, and it has been witnessed in every summit, the rhetoric is the same and no one dares to tackle the chose of the Muslim nations preoccupation and concerns. This year and as was expected, King Mohammed VI gave a speech in he made a true and credible observation of the current crisis prevailing in the Muslim Ummah “nation”. In this historical speech read by the Moroccan Prime Minister during the 12th session of the Islamic conference summit that opened today in Cairo, the Moroccan King believes strongly that the Islamic Ummah has incredible assets allowing them to emerge as a force of proposal within the international community and not to remain on the sidelines as a spectator of the world continuous change. In this respect, he advised the Organization of the Islamic Conference to take a more dynamic role and come up with concrete proposals to tackle current problems and issues prevailing in the Muslim Ummah. The organization should be a vector of solutions and not merely and passive observer. It is not possible to justify the crises faced by Muslim states by exogenous factors. It is necessary to take into account the endogenous reasons.
The Palestinian issue was strongly present at the time of the creation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, September 25, 1969 in Rabat. The Palestinian cause remains the focal subject of the action of the Islamic Ummah, particularly with regard to Israel’s intransigence, which persists in its policy of colonization. The King salutes the struggle of the Palestinian people and highlights the ongoing efforts by the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, recently crowned efforts by granting Palestine the status of observer at the UN. King Mohammed reiterated the importance of the sustained action for the consolidation of the Palestinian house. He reminded the participants to the OIC summit of the reconciliation efforts deployed by Morocco between the different Palestinian factions. In fact Morocco hosted a meeting of inter-Palestinian dialogue in mid-January 2013, that led to the Declaration of Rabat.
Unlike many other countries, Morocco took concrete actions in favor of the Palestinians Morocco dispatched humanitarian aid to Palestinians and the King continues to play a key role as Bait Mal Al Quds President to contribute effectively to economic growth that will benefit the Palestinians either Muslims or Christians.
As long as Morocco supports a serious and responsible negotions between Israelis and Palestinians to reach a comprehensive and sustainable peace, it will at the same tilme spare no effort to prevent the Judaization of the Holy City Jerusalem.
As for the Syrian crisis, the King launches a real “cry from the heart” to the seriousness of the Syrian crisis, particularly in its humanitarian dimension. Faced with this catastrophic crisis, it is inconceivable to remain inactive. All, should deploy more and more efforts to preserve the unity of the Syrian people and to achieve an immediate halt to the violence. The King recalls the numerous initiatives taken in favor of the Syrian people: deployment of medical and humanitarian aid – field hospital Moroccan camps Zaatari that he visited himself as a sign of solidarity with the Syrian refugees. Finally he alluded to the important meeting of the Friends of the People of Syria held Marrakesh in December 2012 where important political initiatives and decisions were taken
In this speech, the King gave much importance as well to the current crisis prevailing in the Sahel-Saharan region. Actually, Morocco had, in many occasions and for a long time, drew the attention of the international community to the precarious security situation in the Sahel-and sub Saharan region. A regular call that finally led to the military intervention in the region in an attempt to put and end to the terrorist threat. The King reminded the participants to the wild and barbaric attack of terrorist groups against the Timbuktu. An attack in the name of Islam that was in fact an aggression against the universal cultural heritage that Muslims should preserve and protect. The Muslim community should have been in the front line to help and protect Mali from any terrorist aggression. He said “It is necessary to provide a comprehensive response that takes into account the territorial integrity of the country and includes the political, economic and social development in this case. Morocco warned the international community, years ago, of the perils looming over the Sahel and Sahara region. The sister nation, Mali, has recently seen some of the worst manifestations of extremism, terrorism and separatism. Armed radical groups, mostly foreign, illegally and aggressively assailed a fully sovereign country, wreaking havoc and destroying symbols of the cultural heritage of that country, especially in Timbuktu, the spiritual capital of Mali, in an attempt to impose their obscurantist ideology and undermine the Islamic values to which the Malian people have invariably been committed since time immemorial.
Acting as a sovereign country, this sister nation embarked on the course of action it deemed necessary, after appealing to the Security Council, which adopted the right decision to support Mali in its efforts to preserve its unity and sovereignty.”
The King concluded his speech by affirming its commitment to solidarity with all sister nations in their just causes. Morocco will continue to contribute to all measures that promote our unity and solidarity in order to serve the Ummah’s common interests.