Dr. Belkeziz at the Opening of the Coordination Meeting of the Red Crescent , Red Cross Societies: Solidarity in Humanitarian Work, a Necessity in Current International Conditions

OIC Press Release

21 April 2001

Dr. Belkeziz at the Opening of the Coordination Meeting of the Red Crescent , Red Cross Societies: Solidarity in Humanitarian Work, a Necessity in Current International Conditions

Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference(OIC) Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz reaffirmed that the OIC and all its organs and institutions are promoting joint Islamic action, especially in the field of humanitarian work, as an obligation that leads to strengthening solidarity and fraternal bonds among peoples of the Ummah.

In his address to the participants in Coordination Meeting of the National Red Crescent/Red Cross Societies in the OIC Member States, held at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah on Saturday 27 Muharram 1422H (21 April 2001), delivered on his behalf by Assistant Secretary General for Cultural and Social Affairs Ambassador Qassim Al-Masri, the Secretary General highlighted the participation of all States and peoples in the activity of the International Movement of the Red Crescent/Red Cross Societies. However, this participation should conform to the objectives of the Movement, maintaining that, “It is rumoured that the Diplomatic Conference of the Movement has been invited to approve the Third Additional Protocol of the Geneva Convention of 1949, in preparation for recognizing Israel’s six-pointed star, side by side with the emblems of the Red Crescent and the Red Cross … if this were to materialize, matters would result in a baffling catastrophe. The Movement would, therefore, gain nothing except profound insult to its reputation.”

Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz urged peace-loving States to open the door wide in their national legislations for protecting the emblem, consolidating the culture of its objectives at their civilian, military and informatic institutions, aborting attempts to addition, and refusing to change the current international emblem which is adopted by basic laws, whether in terms of protection or symbolism.

The Secretary General urged the participants to support efforts aimed at building the capacity of Islamic societies. He indicated the necessity of coordination between the Red Crescent/Red Cross Societies, and the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent. His Excellency stressed the importance of solidarity with the Muslim peoples, foremost among them is the Palestinian people, as well as promotion of cooperation between the Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies in order to confront the disasters which these peoples face.

The Coordination Meeting of the National Societies of the Red Crescent and Red Cross in the OIC Member States is held in response to the call made by the OIC General Secretariat and the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent aimed at examining the situation in Palestine, and the ways to extend humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people as well as cooperation between the National Societies of the Red Crescent and Red Cross in the face of disasters.

In addition to the previously mentioned two items, the agenda of the meeting include the issue of the draft Additional Third Protocol of the Geneva Convention, and the accession of more Member States to the agreement of the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent.

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