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Islamic Group Condemns Terrorist Attacks on US - 2001-10-10

An emergency meeting of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference in Qatar has issued an official condemnation of the attacks on the United States. It has also urged restraint in the military offensive against Taleban and terrorist camps in Afghanistan.

Islamic nations, meeting in emergency session in Doha, have severely condemned the violent acts of terrorism against the United States.

The Arab and Islamic leaders said that terrorist operations contradict religious beliefs, morals, and humanitarian values. They called for an international conference, under the direction of the United Nations, to define terrorism and establish the necessary means to remedy it.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference, which represents an estimated 1.2 billion Muslims, did not condemn the U.S.-led military strikes against the Taleban and al-Qaida terrorist network in Afghanistan.

There was concern among delegates that the strikes could spread into Arab countries, such as Iraq, and they expressed the need to limit the strikes to what is seen as terrorist bases, making sure to protect innocent Afghan citizens.

The delegates said there would be a severe negative reaction should the U.S. led anti-terrorism effort spread into any other Islamic or Arab country.

The emergency meeting of the OIC also produced a warning to differentiate between terrorism and the right of a nation to resist occupation, referring to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a draft of the concluding statement, the conference calls for the U.N. Security Council, the United States, Russia and the international community to provide protection to the Palestinians.

The statement asserts that international action taken to achieve peace and security in the world should include Palestinian security. It called for an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and protection of places sacred to Muslims and Christians.

The statement from the OIC meeting calls for finding the roots of terrorism and remedying its causes. It says nations should work to achieve international security while asserting that those responsible for terrorism are to be considered outlaws of the Islamic faith.