OIC Secretary General welcomes U.N. Resolution recognizing state of Palestine

November 30, 2012

The Secretary General of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, lauded the passage of a resolution to admit Palestine as a non-member observer state of the United Nations as an historic step towards ending the Israeli occupation and restoring legitimate Palestinian rights. He congratulated President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people, stressing that this political victory has irreversibly put on record their right to statehood. Moreover, the Secretary General commended the states that voted in favor of the resolution, praising the international community’s support for lasting peace in the region on the basis of a two-state solution. Ihsanoglu reaffirmed the continued support of the OIC for the Palestinian efforts to end the unjust Israeli occupation and to establish the independent state with full sovereignty based on the 1967 borders and with Jerusalem as its capital.