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Source: Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
11 November 2004


OIC ANNOUNCES DEATH OF  PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT YASSIR ARAFAT

It is with great sorrow and regret that the Organization of the Islamic Conference announces to the Islamic world and the international community the death of President Yassir Arafat, President of the State of Palestine, who died today. With this huge loss, the Islamic Ummah has lost a remarkable leader, one of the greatest fighters for liberation in the world, a symbol of national struggle, and a combatant who had been striving for over four decades in defence of the Islamic sanctuaries in Palestine and for the establishment of the national and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. He managed to embody his people’s hopes and aspirations by reviving the Palestinian Identity and changing the Palestinian cause from its humanitarian aspect into a national political issue recognized as such by the whole world. Together with his companions, he managed to establish a Palestinian political entity and democratic institutions fit for a modern State.

The deceased was a model of steadfastness and commitment to principles, armed with the strong and firm will of the Palestinian people to hold fast to their rights and make every sacrifice needed to regain them. His legacy as a combatant represented an outstanding historic stage in the Arab and Islamic history that will be remembered by the future generations that will duly value the pivotal role he played in opening the road of political struggle to regain their rights and achieve their aspirations.

In these delicate and difficult circumstances, the Organization of the Islamic Conference appeals to the Islamic world and to the international community to assist the Palestinian people and leadership in attaining the goals for which President Arafat had been struggling until he died, to obtain their inalienable rights guaranteed by the resolutions of international legitimacy, to get rid of occupation and to establish the Palestinian State with Al Quds Sharif as its capital.

Jeddah, 11 November 2004


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