OIC calls for full Iraqi sovereignty

Ministers from the world's Muslim countries have insisted on the need for full sovereignty and political independence in Iraq.

    OIC ministers have no power to enforce their declarations

    Wednesday's statement

    from the Organisation of the Islamic

    Conference (OIC) meeting in Istanbul comes

     just two weeks before US-led

    occupation forces are due to hand over some power to an interim


    "The conference reaffirms its deep conviction about the need to

    preserve the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political

    independence of Iraq," a draft final statement said.

    The 57-member OIC also underscored the need for Iraq "to be

    governed by its own people through a broad-based government based on

    full representation in line with a constitution accepted by the


    Israeli-Palestine conflict

    The draft statement also said the meeting "vigorously

    condemned the brutal acts of torture inflicted on Iraqi prisoners by

    the occupation forces".

    It said the abuse was a violation of the Geneva conventions and

    international law and called for those responsible to be punished.

    Despite its size and high profile in the Muslim world, the

    OIC lacks the means and the institutional framework to put its

    resolutions into effect.

    The three day Istanbul conference, which ends on Wednesday,

     has focused on Iraq and the

    Israeli-Palestine conflict as well as efforts to bring greater

    democracy to the Islamic world.



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