RELIGION

Malaysia says OIC will push Myanmar to halt Rohingya crisis

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman speaks during a press conference a day before the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the situation of the Rohingya Muslim Minority in Myanmar at a conference center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The meeting will be held in Kuala Lumpur, tomorrow Jan.19, to discuss the plight of the Rohingya Muslim Minority in Myanmar. (AP Photo/Lim Huey Teng)

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman speaks during a press conference a day before the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the situation of the Rohingya Muslim Minority in Myanmar at a conference center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The meeting will be held in Kuala Lumpur, tomorrow Jan.19, to discuss the plight of the Rohingya Muslim Minority in Myanmar. (AP Photo/Lim Huey Teng)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysia says the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is expected to call for a halt to violence affecting Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority and the safe return of refugees.

Malaysia, which has urged Myanmar to stop what it calls the "genocide" of Rohingyas, will lead Thursday's meeting of Muslim nations' foreign ministers in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the crisis.

Security forces in majority-Buddhist Myanmar are accused of widespread abuses against Rohingya, including killings, rape and the burning of thousands of homes that led to a recent exodus to Bangladesh.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said Wednesday the matter is worrying to the OIC as it was established to protect the Muslim community.

An estimated 1 million Rohingya are barred from Myanmar citizenship although many have lived there for generations.