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OIC Urges Brokered Negotiations In Syria

Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi at the OIC summit in Cairo on February 6
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has called for "serious dialogue" between the Syrian government and opposition to end the ongoing war in that country.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of a two-day summit, Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi said, "We all agreed on the necessity to intensify work to put an end to the tragedies which the sisterly Syrian people are living through."

The 57-member organization supported an initiative from Egypt, Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia to broker negotiations between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the opposition.

The move is aimed at ending the nearly 2-year-old war in which at least 60,000 people have died.

The final statement called on the UN Security Council to "assume its responsibilities to end the violence and bloodshed."

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters