OIC welcomes results of talks on Syrian Crisis

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JEDDAH, 31st October, 2015 (WAM) — The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, Iyad Amin Madani, welcomed the joint statement issued after the Vienna talks on the situation in Syria held on 30th of October 2015, and indicated that it is a positive step into the right direction towards resolving the Syrian crisis.

Madani underscored the importance of the joint statement, which inter alia reaffirmed the importance of the territorial integrity of Syria as well as of continued diplomatic efforts towards ending the ongoing war in Syria.

The Secretary General reiterated the OIC’s constant support for the demands of the Syrian people for freedom, justice and equality, emphasising the Organisation’s backing for all initiatives aiming at reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

He also welcomed the call for inviting all Syrian parties by the UN to engage in a political process that would lead to a new constitution and elections administered under the UN supervision, and a formula that would allow a ceasefire on the ground.

Secretary General Madani reiterated the OIC’s condemnation of all the criminal acts perpetrated by Daesh, ISIL, and all similar terrorist organizations on the Syrian lands and reaffirmed the need to protect Syria against terrorism and its destructive repercussions in order to ensure stability for the whole region.

Madani hopes that the differences among the participants of the Vienna Talks would be narrowed down during the next round. He calls for the international community to take all measures necessary to translate the agreed items into a plan of action that would speed up the alleviation of the suffering of the Syrian people.

In this context, the OIC Secretary General underscored the need for giving greater attention to the issue of the Syrian refugees all over the world, and the necessity of intensifying the humanitarian action in this regard.

The Secretary General commended the efforts of the OIC member states participating in the Vienna meeting, and called upon these countries to adopt more coordinated positions in order to secure a solution for the Syrian crisis that goes in line with the consensus among the countries of the region.

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WFP Warns Of Deepening Hunger In Southern Yemen City Of Taiz

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SANA’A, 30th October, 2015 (WAM) – The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned about the dire food security situation in the city of Taiz in southern Yemen where a lack of humanitarian access has left tens of thousands of people without food assistance for more than a month.

WFP food assistance last reached Taiz more than five weeks ago through WFP’s local partner, which distributed food assistance to nearly 240,000 conflict-affected people in the city.

“We plead for safe and immediate access to the city of Taiz to prevent a humanitarian tragedy as supplies dwindle, threatening the lives of thousands – including women, children and the elderly,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

“These people have already suffered extreme hunger, and if this situation continues the damage from hunger will be irreversible.”

A June report classified Taiz and nine other of Yemen’s 22 governorates as facing food insecurity at ‘emergency’ level – one step below famine on a five-point international scale.

The recent deterioration in security in Taiz has had a severe impact on food and fuel availability and prices. According to WFP’s market monitoring for Yemen for the first half of October, essential food and fuel were scarce in governorates where fighting had escalated in recent weeks.

The report revealed that Taiz was the worst affected in Yemen with the price of diesel increasing by 500 percent compared to pre-crisis levels and the price of wheat flour doubling.

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