Sunday, April 24, 2005

Muslims Serious About Fighting Terror

Iran Daily: "Int–l Islamic Unity Conference Opens

Muslims Serious About Fighting Terror

TEHRAN, April 24--Iran hosted on Sunday the 18th International Islamic Unity Conference wherein representatives of 34 countries unanimously underlined the need for solidarity among Muslim states, Iran Daily–s Farzaneh Shokri reported.
In this three-day undertaking, Muslim intellectuals, university professors and a number of ministers discussed the problems facing the Muslim world.
Forging solidarity within the Muslim world and developing closer affinity among Muslim intellectuals are the focal points of this event. Among others, representatives of Denmark, the US, the UK, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Australia, Kuwait, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain participated in the conference.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the conference, State Expediency Council (SEC) Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said the Muslim world is currently at a sensitive juncture and deserves special attention.
"After 9/11, it was clear that arrogant world powers were hostile towards the Muslim world and this became clearer when President George Bush used the word crusade ... Although later Bush admitted that he made a mistake by using the term, the fact that the issue of war on terror, which all countries agree on, came to the fore reveals that arrogant world powers remain hostile toward the Muslim world."
The SEC chief added that nobody can be more serious in confronting terrorism than Muslims.
Rafsanjani noted that after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the late Imam Khomeini did not agree to carrying out terrorist operations although the former monarchical regime had committed the worst of crimes.
"Muslim states must come to terms with where they stand in this world and withstand the anti-Islamic campaign under the guise of the drive for globalization, at the forefront of which is the US," he said."