Ihsanoglu: Political solution to the Libyan crisis is the only way to bring lasting peace to Libya

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The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu participated at the International Contact Group on Libya which was held in Rome, Italy, on 5 May 2011. Ihsanoglu emphasized the need for a political solution to the Libyan crisis as the only way to bring lasting peace to Libya and reaffirmed the strong commitment of the OIC to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya. He reiterated the readiness of the OIC to join all genuine endeavors that would contribute to realizing the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people and pre-empt the region from bearing the serious implications that may negatively affect regional and international peace and security.

He urged the international community to redouble its efforts to face up to the dangerous security and humanitarian situations in Libya. The Secretary General expressed the OIC support for the UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 and urged the International Community to remain within the limits of the mandate given by the Security Council in these resolutions while dealing with the Libyan crisis and in particular the need to put special emphasis on the protection of civilians. He appealed to all parties involved in the on-going military operations in Libya to exercise maximum restraint, avoid targeting civilians and populated areas and preserve the resources and properties of the Libyan people.

The Secretary General underlined that the OIC is of the view that any initiative seeking to restore peace, security and stability in Libya should take due account of the will of the Libyan people and their demands for democracy, justice, and political reform. In this regard, the political solution should be achieved through an inclusive process where all the segments of the Libyan society would be included. He declared that a number of OIC Member States has responded positively to the OIC call for providing urgent humanitarian assistance for the Libyan people. He announced that the OIC is dispatching a mission to the Libyan-Tunisian borders to evaluate the needs of the tens of thousands of Libyans who fled their country and are living in refugee camps on the Tunisian borders, and expressed the readiness of the OIC to join international efforts for the reconstruction and rehabilitation in Libya.