Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Datuk Seri Dr. Zahid Hamidi called Islamic Conference (OIC) to form a peace-keeping force to be deployed to Gaza.

Bernama reports:

He said that apart from joining forces to boycott Israel and US goods, as suggested by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday, the world Islamic community had to combine its strength to form a peace-keeping force.

“We have to use the existing premise, which is the OIC. We need to do more on a united front. Not all OIC nations would be favourable to this idea but if we have the majority, then why not?” he told reporters after opening the Ade Nasution Centre here.

He said the United Nations and the UN Security Council were not playing their role effectively in curbing the Israel-Palestine conflict, which had resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians.

He said the OIC peace-keeping force could also be asked to work hand-in-hand with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) to enforce peace in troubled regions, if the need arose.

“This is an idea which could be explored. It must first be accepted by the heads of OIC states. There is an urgent need for the OIC to convene a special summit for this purpose,” he added.

Dr Zahid said he would bring up this proposal to Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim at the next Cabinet meeting on Wednesday as “he can bring it up at any OIC forum he attends in due course”.

Meanwhile a meeting of foreign ministers from Islamic countries in Jeddah has called upon the international community to move promptly to put an end to the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip.

“The meeting strongly condemns the ongoing barbaric Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in Gaza which has claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians, injured thousands, and caused colossal destruction of homes, civilian facilities, infrastructure and places of worship as a blatant violation of international law and war crimes and crimes against humanity, and calls for bringing the culprits to international justice,” read the communique.