Organization of Islamic Conference shows solidarity with Pakistan during flooding

13:45, August 20, 2010      

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Sirodjidin Aslov, the permanent representative of Tajikistan to the UN, on Thursday expressed his "deepest condolences" to Pakistan's government and people, and said that the Organization of the Islamic Conference ( OIC) shows solidarity with the Asian country as the severe flooding in Pakistan continues.

Aslov made the statement on behalf of the OIC in his speech at a plenary General Assembly session on humanitarian needs in Pakistan.

"The OIC stands with the people and government of Pakistan in this unprecedented hour," he said. "We stand ready to extend help in all possible manners."

Aslov said that the OIC is encouraging all of its members as well as all members of the UN as a whole to contribute resources to the fund that the UN has created to help Pakistanis.

"We urge the Member States to make generous contributions towards speedy relief and rehabilitation of those brothers and sisters who await our help in this Holy Month of Ramadan which teaches us to feel and share in the pain of others," Aslov said.

The UN appeal to help Pakistan stands at a total of 459.7 U.S. dollars, 239 million of which have been received, not including bilateral donations sent directly to Pakistan. According to the latest estimates by the UN, the flood has impacted 54 million people in Pakistan so far.

Source: Xinhua


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