Moroccan speaker says muslims paid high price following 9/11
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 3/10/2004
Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives (parliament lower chamber), Abdelouahed Radi, said this Tuesday Muslim people have paid a high price in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the USA.
Speaking at the opening of the 3rd conference of the Parliamentary Union of member countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Radi said that after 9/11, the Islamic world has experienced tragic events through which Islamic nations paid the price of these terrorist acts.
A war has been waged in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in parallel, Israel was given the green light to continue its repressive policy against our Palestinian brothers, build more colonies, besiege president Yasser Arafat, build an apartheid fence and ignore all peace initiatives, said Radi.
The speaker went on that threats against some Islamic countries such as Iran and Syria are among the signs of deterioration of the situation in the Muslim world.
The suffering of the brotherly Iraqi people, caused by anarchy, insecurity and the destruction of its infrastructure is another manifestation of the global crisis that the Islamic nation is undergoing, he said.
"No economic, social or political reform in the Arab world can be undertaken efficiently unless it stems from the will of Islamic peoples," said Radi, alluding to the scheme called Greater Middle East initiative which the Bush administration is currently promoting.
"Reforms in the middle East shall go, inevitably, through a fair and comprehensive solution to the Middle East conflict, on the basis of international legality, the recovering of Iraqis of their full sovereignty and an end to the threats leveled at Islamic countries.
Speaker of the Senegalese National Assembly (parliament), Pape Diop, denounced the "campaign" waged against Islam in a world juncture topped by Iraq, the Arab Israeli conflict and terrorism.
Instigators of this dangerous propaganda link Islam to terrorism, in a deliberate attempt to distort the image of Islam which is actually the religion of peace, justice and tolerance.
The two-day conference, to wind up Wednesday, is examining main issues in the Islamic world such as Iraq, the Palestinian issue and world terrorism.
The Parliamentary Union of OIC member Countries was created in Teheran in 1999.
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