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Muslim countries condemn hostage taking in Russia

01-09-2004

Jiddah, OIC Press Release:

Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), has expressed his strong condemnation and denunciation of the act of hostage-taking perpetrated by an armed group who have taken a number of hostages, including school children, in a school in the town of Beslan in southern Russia, on Wednesday 1 September, the first day of school after the vacations.



The Secretary-General made an urgent appeal for the immediate release of the hostages, particularly the children.



The Secretary-General reaffirms the position of the Organization of the Islamic Conference on such criminal acts, which are against the principles and tenets of Islam and can only do harm to the friendly relations between the OIC Member States and the Russian Federation.


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