Bangkok A delegation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is visiting Southern Thailand in order to assess the efforts of the government to improve the plight of Muslims in line with the implementation of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers' (CFM) resolutions.
The delegation comprises of ambassadors and representatives from Bahrain, Gambia, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey as well as the officials of the OIC General Secretariat.
The delegation visited Sai Buri district in Pattani province on Tuesday where the Commander of the region Lt. Gen. Piyawat Nakwanich provided a comprehensive briefing on the projects implemented by the government for Muslim communities under the Bring People Home Project and observed its impact on the people.
The OIC delegation proceeded to Yala Province and was received by the secretary general of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) where they held constructive meetings with key officials regarding the educational and social programs being organized in the South.
The OIC delegation welcomed these developments as a positive step forward and expressed the willingness of the OIC to contribute to the process of confidence building, dialogue and economic development in the region through the support of OIC organs and agencies. The delegation reiterated the position of the OIC to support all peaceful initiatives that guaranteed the human rights of citizens and developed mutual understanding, dialogue, and cooperation for the benefit of all communities in Thailand.
The delegation called upon authorities to continue to take measures that would improve the lives and livelihood of communities living under emergency law in the South and that security measures are not disproportionately affecting Muslims in the region.
The OIC delegation encouraged the Thai authorities to accelerate the ongoing process of confidence-building measures and to address the causes of the problems in the South through a comprehensive approach based on empowering the population of Southern provinces to assume their roles as full citizens and members of Thai society.
The delegation further welcomed the steps of the government of Thailand, in cooperation with Malaysia, for the constructive dialogue with Muslim groups in the South in order to develop a roadmap to resolve the existing problems through dialogue.
The delegation reiterated the stance of the OIC that such dialogue should expand and be more inclusive so that other organizations and groups representing Muslims in Southern Thailand can participate.
Source: International Islamic News Agency