OIC – Resolutions

RESOLUTION NO. 7 /25-P

ON THE SITUATION IN THE REPUBLIC OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Proceeding from the principles and objectives of the Charter of the OIC which emphasize the commitment of the Islamic Ummah to the consolidation of international peace and security;

Bearing in mind the obligation of all States to act in conformity with the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter;

Reaffirming all OIC resolutions and declarations relating to the just struggle of the Bosnian people for peace, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in particular the Sarajevo Declaration of Friendship and Partnership adopted by the Enlarged Ministerial Meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10 April, 1996; and also the Declaration on Bosnia adopted by the Ministerial Meeting of OIC Contact Group on Bosnia-Herzegovina, held in Tehran on 6 December, 1997,

1. Takes note of the Report of the Secretary General on the situation in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Document No. ICFM/25-98/PIL/D.1).

2. Reaffirms the commitment of the Member States to preserve the legal continuity, unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina within its internationally recognized borders and fully supports the establishment of a sovereign, democratic, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural State of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

3. Reiterates the position of the Member States to participate fully in the implementation of all aspects of the Dayton Peace Agreement.

4. Emphasizes the importance of accelerating the process towards the full, effective, consistent and impartial implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement and urges the international community, particularly the Members of the UN Security Council, the Five Nation Contact Group on Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Peace Implementation Council to support the peaceful and democratic reintegration of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

5. Underlines the need for strong and continuous political support of the international community to the effective and decisive implementation of the Action Program of the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) for Bosnia and Herzegovina, adopted at the London Conference of the PIC on 4 and 5 of December 1996, and the Political Declaration of the Steering Board of PIC, held in Sintra on 30 May 1997, to stabilize peace, taking into account the resolutions of the recent meeting of the Peace Implementation Council (PIC), held in Bonn on 9-10 December 1997.

6. Emphasizes the need for a commitment to speed up the process of the peaceful and democratic reintegration of Bosnia and Herzegovina and to preserve its sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity.

7. Stresses the vital importance of ensuring freedom of movement of people, goods, services and information throughout the country and the return of refugees and displaced persons to their places of origin under safe and secure conditions, the enforcement of the results of the municipal elections held on 13 and 14 September 1997 and thus promoting the process of reconciliation, democratization and reintegration in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

8. Emphasizes the need for vigorous action against separatists and calls on the international community to support the viable, effective and continuous functioning of the common institutions for the smooth reintegration of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

9. Urges the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) to undertake all necessary measures to establish effective air space and border areas control over all internationally recognized borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

10. Also Urges the international community to take concrete measures for the arrest of all indicted war criminals and calls on the UN Security Council to utilize the enforcement procedures under the UN Charter, including those envisaged under Chapter VII, to secure the delivery of these criminals by the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).

11. Requests Member States to support the important work of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to thoroughly investigate the crimes against humanity perpetrated by Serbs against the Bosnian people and to provide urgent financial assistance to the Tribunal, particularly to locate mass graves, identify victims of genocide and notify surviving family members.

12. Calls on the Security Council to ensure the compliance of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Republika Srpska-entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the Dayton Peace Agreement and with the rulings of the International War Crimes Tribunal pertaining to Former Yugoslavia in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution No. 1074.

13. Expresses full support for the legal action of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) in the International Court of Justice for genocide.

14. Reaffirms strong support for Security Council resolution 777 (1992) and General Assembly resolution 47/1 (1992) which provide that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) should apply as a new member of the United Nations and should not inherit the seat of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia which has ceased to exist.

15. Reiterates the support of the Member States for the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina with respect to the question of succession of States, particularly the freezing of the assets of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until the outcome of the succession procedure.

16 Supports all necessary measures to strengthen and render effective the state, economic and social institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, thus helping the country to speed up the reconstruction process and to establish external relations with the rest of the world, and to solve the debt problems of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

17. Welcomes the hosting by the Arab Republic of Egypt of the Eighth Meeting of the Assistance Mobilization Group for Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Cairo, on 28-29 March 1998 and calls on the Member States of the Group to actively participate in the meeting.

18. Urges all countries and multilateral institutions that have pledged resources for the reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina to immediately disburse the funds in order to ensure timely completion of priority projects including funds for housing to accommodate returning refugees and displaced persons and notes with satisfaction the assistance being extended by the Member States and OIC institutions in providing the financial resources required for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina by promoting bilateral programmes of assistance and cooperation as well as through the OIC Assistance Mobilization Group for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and better coordination between OIC institutions and NGOs.

19. Reaffirms support for the "e;Equip and Train"e; programme which will foster long-term regional stability by creating a credible self-defense capability for the Federation.

20. Emphasizes the importance of complying in good faith with the regional stabilization and arms limitation agreements envisaged by the Dayton Peace Agreement and completed in Vienna and Florence and called upon the international community to ensure full compliance.

21. Welcomes the steps that have been taken towards the mutual recognition of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the other states which used to be part of Former Yugoslavia and Expresses readiness to cooperate with all of them subject to their full and effective recognition and respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

22. Invites the international community and Member States to support the legitimate struggle of the Bosnian Muslim people of Sandjak for their national and civil rights.

23. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation of this resolution and submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

DRAFT RESOLUTION NO. 8/25-P

ACTION PROGRAMME ON BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

 

The Twenty Fifth session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better futre for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah ) held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida 1418H (15 – 17 March 1998),

Bearing in mind the Resolution on the Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (7/8-P (IS) of the Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference held in Tehran from 9 to 11 December1997, the Special Declaration on Current Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Ministerial Meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Bosnia and Herzegovina, held in Tehran on the 7th of December 1997, The Declaration on Friendship and Partnership, adopted by the Enlarged Ministerial Meeting of the OIC Contact Group, held in Sarajevo, on the 10th April 1996, as well as relevant OIC resolutions relating to Bosnia and Herzegovina ;

Proceeding from the principles and objectives of the Charter of the OIC which emphasize the commitment of the Islamic Ummah to consolidation of international peace and security ;

Bearing in mind the obligations of all states to act in conformity with the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter ;

Reaffirming the commitment of the OIC Member States to preserve the internationally recognized legal continuity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, its international personality as the State with two multiethnic entities, and fully supporting its peaceful and democratic reintegration as a sovereign democratic, multiethnic and civic state ;

Reiterating the position of the OIC Member States to participate fully in the implementation of the spirit and of all the provisions of the Dayton peace Agreement;

Emphasizing the crucial importance of the acceleration the process of the full effective, consistent, impartial an legally founded implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement;

Underlining the need for the uncompromised and impartial implementation of the decisions and programmes of the Peace Implementation Council, adopted in London, 4 and 5 December 1996, in Bonn, 9-11 December 1997 and the Political Declaration of the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council, held in Sintra, Portugal, 30th of May 1997 , in order to stabilize the peace and speed-up the process of implementation of the civilian part of the Peace Agreement, preventing the derailing of the whole process by the internal factors of obstructions;

Aware of the massive destruction of infrastructure and production capacities, enormous human losses, hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced persons, unprecedented destruction and devastation of cultural and religions objects, serious

social problems and the consequences on the social and political life, as well as peace and security in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

Fully aware of the considerable efforts made by the international community, including the OIC Member countries in the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement, express the concern over the potential of putting in jeopardy the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a civic democratic and multiethnic, multicultural and multireligious state;

Reconfirming the concrete support of the OIC Member Countries and the OIC institutions through the Peace Implementation Council and pledges through the International Programme for the Reconstruction, through bilateral assistance and cooperation and, particularly, through the OIC Assistance Mobilisation Group for Bosnia and Herzegovina;

Proceeding from the spirit of the Sarajevo Declaration of the Friendship and Partnership of the Enlarged Ministerial Meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Bosnia and Herzegovina, held in Sarajevo on the 10th of April 1996, and the decision of the 24th Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Jakarta from 9 to 13 December 1996, to renew and adopt the action programme,

Decides:

  1. Humanitarian assistance :

- Providing further bilateral assistance directly, through the OIC Assistance Mobilization Group for Bosnia and Herzegovina , OIC institutions and the NGOs financially or in kind for the urgent needs of displaced persons , returnees and socially vulnerable groups (demobilized soldiers, families of killed soldiers , orphans , wounded and disabled persons , and retired persons);

- Providing further financial inputs for the Social Fund, Fund for shaheeds families and invalids and other institutions and for all vulnerable social groups on regional and local levels;

- Providing assistance for the projects aimed at rehabilitating housing and basic infrastructure for displaced persons particularly the returnees in the "e;Year of Return – 1998"e;.

  1. Reconstruction of infrastructure and production capacity:

- Creating political and legal framework for cooperation with the state institutions, economic , research institutions and financial and private sectors (diplomatic relations , mutual agreements and contracts on economic , technological and technical cooperation , etc. );

- Establishing the member states and / or common institutions of OIC in Bosnia and Herzegovina aiming at analyzing and streamlining joint efforts of OIC partners and partners of Bosnia and Herzegovina in different areas of cooperation;

- Establishing joint financial institutions like banks , consortia and guaranty agencies for the revival of production capacities , either on the basis of grants, participation on economic basis , or in a combined way, particularly for the small and medium sized enterprises in order to promote the creation of new jobs;

- Encouraging the business community to participate in the OIC joint ventures or equity operations being opened by the privatisation process in Bosnia and Herzegovina or in the third countries , including the OIC countries;

- Participating in the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) to provide guarantee for the investors in Bosnia and Herzegovina from the OIC member states;

- Facilitating the issuance of bank guaranties for firms from Bosnia and Herzegovina operating abroad, particularly in the OIC countries , thus contributing to the repayment capacities of Bosnia and Herzegovina;

- Assisting the relevant authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the area of demining aiming at creating the conditions for reconstruction activities and saving the lives of people.

  1. Rehabilitation of cultural heritage :

- Implementing effectively and urgently operative paragraphs of Resolution No. 19/7-C (IS) of the Seventh Session of the Islamic Summit Conference held in Casablanca from 13 to 15 December 1994, particularly:

( i ) to work on the programme for rebuilding the national, university libraries and schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

( ii) to continue working in coordination with relevant UN international bodies and Islamic institutions on urgent steps to ensure the protection of Islamic monuments, educational institutions, libraries and other cultural objects in Bosnia and Herzegovina which are the common cultural heritage of all mankind;

- Implementing the recommendations of the 19th Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs, calling for every economic support and assistance to ensure the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina and particularly :

(i) to research the Islamic heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to assess damages inflicted and assistance to be provided for its rehabilitation by creating awareness of the international community for these purposes;

(ii) to urgently help the "e;Project Mostar 2004"e; on reconstruction and conservation of the Old City and other monuments of high cultural importance in Sarajevo, Turzla, Zenica, and other places.

  1. Legal support and assistance:

- Supporting continuously the legal action of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina against Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) for genocide in the International Court of Justice;

- Keeping assets of the former Yugoslavia frozen until the legal procedure on succession is resolved;

- Supporting of the actions to search for missing persons, identifying killed persons in mass graves;

- supporting the legal authorities of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina in pursuing persons responsible for crimes against humanity, humanitarian law and genecide.

  1. Self-defence:

- Continue participating effectively in the "e;Train and Equip Programme"e; of the Federation Army;

- Cooperating with the research institutions and production units of Bosnia Herzegovina aiming at strengthening its self-defense capability.

 

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 9 /25-P

ON JAMMU AND KASHMIR DISPUTE

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Reaffirming the principles and objectives of the Charter of the Organization of Islamic Conference which emphasize the common goals and destiny of the peoples of the Islamic Ummah;

Emphasizing the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and recalling the UN resolutions relevant to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute which remain unimplemented;

Recalling that the Simla Agreement signed between the Governments of India and Pakistan calls for a final settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir issue;

Reaffirming the importance of the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination enshrined in the Charters of the OIC and the United Nations;

Recalling the Special Declarations on Jammu and Kashmir adopted by the Seventh Session of the Islamic Summit Conference and the Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit held in Casablanca and Islamabad in 1994 and 1997 respectively as well as all relevant paragraphs of the Tehran Declaration of the 8th Session of the Islamic Summit of December, 1997 and all previous OIC resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute;

Expressing concern at the alarming increase in the indiscriminate use of force and gross violations of human rights committed against innocent Kashmiris;

Recalling the Report of the OIC Fact Finding Mission on the situation in Kashmir following its visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir in February 1993, and regretting that the human rights situation in Indian held Jammu and Kashmir remains grave;

Regretting also that the Government of India has not responded favourably so far to the offer of the Good Offices Mission made by the Twentieth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers and renewed by the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Sessions of the Islamic Summit Conference;

Further regretting that the OIC Fact Finding Mission was not allowed to visit Indian held Jammu and Kashmir;

Noting the report of the Ministerial Meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir and endorsing the recommendations contained therein;

Taking note of the strong condemnation by Pakistan and the True Representatives of the Kashmiri people, including the leadership of the All Parties Hurrieyet Conference of the deplorable act of hostage taking by "e;Al-Faran"e; and calling for the immediate and safe release of all the hostages;

Taking note of the Memorandum submitted by the True Representatives of Jammu and Kashmir;

Encouraging and supporting the dialogue between Pakistan and India aimed at resolving all outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir,

1. Takes note of the Report of the Secretary General on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and endorses the recommendations contained therein (Document No. ICFM/25-98/PIL/D.2).

2. Calls for a peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir issue in accordance with the relevant UN Resolutions and as agreed upon in the Simla Agreement.

3. Condemns the continuing massive violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people and calls for the respect of their human rights including the right of self-determination.

4. Calls upon Member states to take all necessary steps to persuade India to cease forthwith the gross and systematic human rights violations of the Kashmiri people and to enable them to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination as mandated by the relevant resolutions of the Security Council.

5. Affirms that any political process/elections held under foreign occupation cannot be a substitute to the exercise of the right of self-determination by people of Kashmir as provided in the relevant Security Council Resolutions.

6. Calls upon India to allow International Human Rights Groups and Humanitarian Organizations to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

7. Supports the initiative of the Government of Pakistan to engage India in a serious, substantive and meaningful dialogue for resolving all outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir and encourages India to reciprocate positively.

8. Affirms that a sustained dialogue is essential to address the core of the problems and to remove the basic causes of tension between India and Pakistan.

9. Expresses its deep concern at the prevailing tension that threatens security and peace in the region as a result of the large scale deployment of Indian troops in the Indian held Jammu and Kashmir.

10. Calls upon India and Pakistan to redeploy their forces to peace-time locations.

11. Appeals to the Member States, OIC and other Islamic Institutions, such as the Islamic Solidarity Fund, and philanthropists to mobilize funds and contribute generously towards providing humanitarian assistance to the Kashmiri people.

12. Requests the Government of India, in the interest of regional peace and security, to avail itself of the offer of Good Offices made by the Twentieth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers and the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Sessions of the Islamic Summit Conference.

13. Requests the Secretary General to establish contact with the governments of India and Pakistan and the true representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir with a view to promoting a just and peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

14. Appreciates the efforts made by the Secretary General for enabling the true representatives of the Kashmiri people to have their views expressed in OIC and other international fora, and requests him to continue to take all necessary steps in this regard.

15. Requests the Secretary General to send a three member OIC Fact Finding Mission to visit Jammu and Kashmir as decided by the Twentieth, Twenty-first, Twenty-second, Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Sessions of the Islamic Conferences of Foreign Ministers as well as the Seventh Extra-ordinary sessions and the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, and to submit a report to him.

16. Requests the Government of India to allow the OIC Fact-Finding Mission to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

17. Recommends that Member States continue to coordinate their positions and to take action at the UN General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights and other relevant international fora to promote respect for the fundamental human rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

18. Commends the efforts being made by the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

19. Requests the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir to continue its efforts for promoting the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people in accordance with the UN Resolutions and for safeguarding their fundamental human rights.

20. Decides to consider the Jammu and Kashmir Dispute at the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers and at the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.

21. Requests the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of this resolution and to present reports thereon to the Twenty-Sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 10 /25-P

ON THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Proceeding from the principles and objectives of the Charter of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and resolutions of the Islamic Conferences, which emphasize the common goals and destiny of the peoples of the Islamic Ummah;

Reaffirming anew the right of all peoples to decide the form of government they wish to have and to choose their own political, economic and social systems, free from all forms of foreign intervention, coercion or pressure;

Recalling the principled stand adopted by the Islamic Conference in its resolutions on Afghanistan since January 1980;

Reiterating its commitment to the promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan and to the safeguarding of the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of this country;

Recalling all relevant U.N. resolutions on the situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and stability;

Noting the establishment of the Islamic State in Afghanistan and successful conclusion of the Afghan Jihad;

Recalling the Afghan Peace Accord signed in Islamabad and ratified at Makkah Al-Mukarramah on 18 Ramadan, 1413H (11 March 1993) as well as in Tehran;

Noting with serious concern that the Afghan parties have not been able, so far, to evolve a national consensus as a consequence of which the political crisis has deepened and the armed conflict has continued;

Seriously concerned over the tragic humanitarian dimensions of this conflict which has caused immense loss of life, wide spread destruction, deprivation and famine in various parts of Afghanistan as well as large scale exodus of refugees and displacement of population within Afghanistan;

Reaffirming the need for scrupulous respect for the principle of non-intervention and non-interference in Afghanistan; and stressing that the main responsibility for finding a political solution to the conflict lies with the Afghan people themselves;

Expressing concern over the production of illicit drugs;

Underlining the importance of providing humanitarian, rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan and the urgent need to take international actions in this regard,

1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary General on the situation in Afghanistan and the encouraging response of the Afghan parties to the OIC’s call to put an end to the hostilities and immediate commencement of negotiations.

2. Expresses its deep concern over the fratricidal conflict in Afghanistan.

3. Reaffirms that there is no military solution to the Afghan crisis and calls upon all Afghan parties to renounce and refrain from the use of force in settling their problems.

4. Calls upon Afghan parties for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire and support for all the efforts being made in this regard.

5. Reiterates the need for the achievement of a political understanding among the Afghan parties as the only way out of this crisis.

6. Emphasizes the need for promoting national reconciliation and rapprochement as well as for the establishment of a broad-based government, demobilization of armed groups and formation of national army and police force.

7. Expresses its appreciation and support for the initiatives taken by the Secretary General to promote a credible intra-Afghan peace process.

8. Calls upon the Afghan parties to extend their full cooperation to the ongoing efforts of the Secretary General and his Special Representative for promoting peace in Afghanistan.

9. Calls upon all States immediately to end the supply of arms and ammunition to all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan.

10. Reaffirms the decisions of the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Sessions of the Islamic Summit Conference that the OIC should have an active role in the solution of the Afghanistan problem.

11. Emphasizes the need for effective protection of all diplomatic missions in Kabul in conformity with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961.

12. Calls for respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and Islamic character of Afghanistan and non-interference in its internal affairs.

13. Emphasizes the need for continued close coordination of efforts between OIC and UN for promoting a peaceful political settlement in Afghanistan by setting a credible intra-Afghan mechanism.

14. Expresses its appreciation for the continuing efforts of the United Nations to draw the attention of the international community to the acute economic and political problems of Afghanistan, and for promoting peace and mobilizing assistance for rehabilitation and reconstruction and in this regard, encourages the continuing cooperation between the OIC and the UN Special Mission.

15. Notes with satisfaction all the efforts made by various international organizations, particularly the UNHCR, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in providing humanitarian assistance to the war victims inside Afghanistan under most difficult circumstances.

16. Requests the Islamic Development Bank to evaluate the war damage and destruction in Afghanistan and to prepare a comprehensive report on requirements for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the country.

17. Appeals to the international community, in particular Member States, to respond to the humanitarian exigencies of the situation in Afghanistan by extending generous assistance.

18. Emphasizes the urgent need for the establishment of a fund under the auspices of the OIC for assisting the people of Afghanistan.

19. Calls for effective measures by all Afghans to eliminate the production and exportation of illicit drugs and appeals to the international community to support crop substitution programmes in Afghanistan.

20. Urges Member States and Islamic financial institutions to provide assistance for the Afghan refugees in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran and calls for the speedy and voluntary repatriation and rehabilitation of Afghan refugees.

21. Requests the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of this resolution and to submit report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 11/25-P

ON SITUATION IN SOMALIA

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Proceeding from the principles and objectives of the Charter of the Organization of the Islamic Conference;

Recalling all relevant resolutions of the Islamic Conferences of Foreign Ministers and resolutions adopted by the Sixth , Seventh and Eighth Sessions of the Islamic Summit Conference on the situation in Somalia;

Gravely concerned about the destruction of Somalia as a result of the civil war which caused immense suffering to its people and has serious implications for the national unity, territorial integrity and political independence of this Islamic country;

Commending the timely initiative of His Excellency Abdou Diouf, President of the Republic of Senegal and Chairman of the Sixth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in proposing that the 47th Session of the UN General Assembly convene an International Conference for Peace and National Reconciliation in Somalia;

Appreciating the initiative of H.E. Ali Abdullah Saleh, President of the Republic of Yemen by inviting the Somali factions to hold a Somali national reconciliation conference in Sana’a;

Noting with satisfaction the efforts made by the Organization of Islamic Conference to promote peace and national reconciliation in Somalia, in cooperation with the United Nations, the League of Arab States and the Organization of African Unity, in the framework of joint approach, which has produced positive results;

Taking Note of all relevant Security Council Resolutions on Somalia;

Noting also the signing, in March 1993, of the Addis Ababa Agreement for Peace and National Reconciliation in Somalia as well as the positive results of the consultations held between the Somali factions in Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia and Yemen;

Commending the tremendous efforts made by the international community in providing relief and humanitarian assistance to the victims of war and famine in Somalia through effective and coordinated efforts under the framework of the Security Council;

Encouraging the ongoing efforts of the regional States and the Organization of African Unity for promoting peace in Somalia;

Having followed with interest the meetings which took place in Cairo of the different Somali parties and heads of Somali factions

Having considered the Report of the Secretary General on the situation in Somalia (Document No.ICFM/25-98/PIL/D.4),

1. Reaffirms its commitment to the restoration and preservation of the unity, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of Somalia.

2. Notes with appreciation the constant efforts made by the Organization of Islamic Conference to promote peace and national reconciliation in Somalia, as well as for the alleviation of the suffering of the Somali people in cooperation with the regional States, the United Nations, the League of Arab States and the Organization of African Unity, in the framework of a joint approach and calls for continuation of such efforts and requests the Secretary General to send a Contact Group to urge various Somali parties to resume their dialogue with a view to achieving national reconciliation.

3. Calls for the convening of an international conference on peace and national reconciliation on Somalia in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly, with the participation of all the Somali parties and all the concerned international and regional organizations.

4. Welcomes the signature of the Addis Ababa Agreement for the establishment of peace and national reconciliation in Somalia.

5. Expresses its gratitude to H.E. Mohammad Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, for the initiative he had taken in inviting all the Somali factions to meet in Cairo and for the ensuing Agreement on Comprehensive National Reconciliation.

6. Makes an urgent appeal to all Somali factions to scrupulously implement the agreements signed in Cairo in December 1997 under the auspices of the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and to complete their reconciliation efforts and implement the agreements they have reached in this context towards setting up state authorities with a view to restoring peace and security in Somalia.

7. Calls on the Member States to support positive development resulting from the good offices of the Arab Republic of Egypt and urgently extend the necessary material assistance for reopening schools so as to encourage the enrollment of young people therein; to consider the establishment of a unified security force in Somalia as well as to assist in the reopening of the Mogadishu International Airport.

8. Expresses its appreciation of the initiative taken by H.E. President Ali Abdullah Saleh of the Republic of Yemen in calling for a Somali National Reconciliation Conference to be held in Sana’a;

9. Calls on all Somali factions to positively respond to the invitation extended by the Republic of Yemen and affirms the necessity for their effective participation in the national reconciliation conference in Sana’a in the spirit of Islamic brotherhood so as to achieve peace and preserve the unity, territorial integrity and independence of Somalia.

10. Decides to extend its full support to the ongoing efforts of the regional States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the United Nations, the League of Arab States and the Organization of African Unity in Somalia.

11. Expresses its appreciation to the Member States which have provided relief and humanitarian assistance to the Somali people and urges them to continue this action.

12. Appeals to the international community, in general, the OIC Member States in particular, and the regional humanitarian organisations and institutions, both governmental and non-governmental, as well as the IDB and the ISF, to shoulder their humanitarian and solidarity obligations and extend financial assistance and in kind to the Republic of Yemen, in order to help it overcome the economic and social impacts resulting from continuous flows of thousands of refugees, also to help improve the conditions of sheltering them, and provide the necessary capabilities for their safe return to their homes.

13. Calls upon the international community, especially the Member States, to assist in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Somalia by continuing to provide urgent humanitarian assistance such as food and medicine in order to enable Somalia to rebuild the institutions and the educational infrastructures and to absorb all the youth in the general education schools inside Somalia as well as offer scholarships at the university level in the universities of Member States.

14. Calls upon all states, in particular the neighbouring states, to cooperate in the implementation of the arms embargo established by Security Council Resolution 733 (1992) and also calls upon all Somali factions to enter into negotiations for a constructive dialogue for a peaceful settlement of the problem.

15. Requests the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of this resolution and submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12 /25-P

ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF IRAQI AGGRESSION AGAINST THE STATE OF KUWAIT AND THE NECESSITY FOR IRAQ TO IMPLEMENT ALL THE RELEVANT SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Having taken cognizance of the report submitted by the Secretary General on the consequences of Iraqi aggression against the State of Kuwait and the necessity for Iraq to implement all the relevant Security Council Resolutions (Document No.ICFM/25-98/PIL/D.5);

Considering the principles and objectives of the OIC Charter which call for strengthening Islamic solidarity among Member States;

Taking note of recent developments in the situation between Iraq and Kuwait;

Mindful of the fundamental interests of the Islamic Ummah and of Islamic solidarity,

1. Calls upon Iraq to pursue efforts towards the fulfillment of its obligations under the relevant Security Council resolutions, for the establishment of security, peace and stability in the region.

2. Calls on Iraq to cooperate fully and seriously with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Tripartite Committee in Geneva which was established under its engagements pursuant to Para 2C and Para 3C of resolution No. 686 (1991) and (30) of resolution No. 687 (1991) pertaining to urgent release of prisoners and hostages from among Kuwaiti military troops and civilians and any others so as to put an end to this situation and Para 15 (d) which relates to return of Kuwaiti properties by Iraq.

3. Affirms that Iraq, in accepting resolution 686 (1991) and resolution 687 (1991) is deemed accountable for implementing Para 2-B of resolution 686 and Para 16 of resolution 687 which involve the responsibility of Iraq under the relevant Security Council resolutions for reparations in respect of any direct loss or direct harm, including any offendant environmental damages, depletion of natural resources or any losses sustained by foreign governments, their nationals or their companies.

4. Affirms Security Council resolution 949 which calls on Iraq not to use again its military or any other forces in an aggressive or provocative manner to threaten its neighbours or the U.N. operations in Iraq.

5. Commends the agreement was reached by the UN Secretary General with Iraq regarding compliance with its obligations under the relevant resolutions, and welcomes in this respect Security Council resolution No. 1154(1998), and calls on Iraq for full compliance and serious cooperation without conditions with the Special Commission (UNSCOM) in the fulfillment of its mandate concerning the elimination of the weapons of mass destruction in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the Security Council in order to maintain peace and stability in the region.

6. Reaffirms respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence of Iraq, expresses its sympathy with the people of Iraq and welcomes, in this respect, Security Council resolution No.1153 (1998) extending the provisions of resolution No.986 (1995) so as to meet the humanitarian needs and to alleviate the suffering of the Iraqi people.

7. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation of this resolution and submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 13 /25-P

OF THE AGGRESSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA AGAINST THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

  

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Proceeding from the principles and objectives of the Charter of the Organization of the Islamic Conference;

Gravely concerned over the aggression by the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan which has resulted in the occupation of more than 20% of Azeri territory;

Deeply distressed over the plight of more than one million Azeri displaced persons and refugees resulting from Armenian aggression and magnitude and severity of humanitarian problems;

Reaffirming all previous relevant resolutions and, in particular, the resolution No.12/8-P (IS), adopted by the Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, held in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran from 9 to 11 Shaaban, 1418H (9-11 December 1997);

Conscious of the threat posed to international peace and security by the Armenian aggression;

Urging strict adherence to the Charter of the UN and full implementation of Security Council resolutions;

Welcoming all diplomatic and other efforts for the settlement of the conflict;

Reaffirming all Member States respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

Reaffirming also that acquisition of land by use of force cannot be recognized.

Noting also the destructive influence of the policy of aggression of the Republic of Armenia on the peace process in the OSCE framework;

Taking note of the Report of the Secretary General on the Aggression of the Republic of Armenian Against the Republic of Azerbaijan (Document No. ICFM/25-98/PIL/D.6),

1. Strongly condemns the aggression of the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan.

2. Considers the actions perpetrated against civilian Azeri population in occupied Azeri territory as crimes against humanity.

3. Strongly condemns looting and destruction of the archeological cultural and religious monuments on the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

4. Strongly demands the strict implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884, and the immediate unconditional and complete withdrawal of Armenian forces from all occupied Azeri territories inter alia Lachin and Shusha regions and strongly urges Armenia to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

5. Expresses its concern that Armenia has not yet implemented demands contained in the UN Security Council resolutions.

6. Calls on the Security Council to recognize the existence of aggression against the Republic of Azerbaijan; take the necessary steps under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations to ensure compliance with its resolutions; condemn and reverse aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan and decides to take coordinated action to this end at the United Nations.

7. Urges all States to refrain from providing any supplies of military arms and equipment to Armenia, which can encourage the aggressor to escalate the conflict and to continue the occupation of the Azerbaijani territories. The territory of Member States should not be used for transit of such supplies.

8. Calls upon Member States, as well as other members of the international community, to use such effective political and economic measures as required in order to put an end to Armenian aggression and to occupation of the Azerbaijani territories.

9. Calls for a just and peaceful settlement of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the basis of respect for the principles of territorial integrity of states and inviolability of internationally recognized frontiers.

10. Urges both Armenia and Azerbaijan and all Member States of the Minsk Group to engage constructively in the ongoing OSCE peace process on the basis of the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and relevant OSCE decisions and documents, including those of the First Additional Meeting of the OSCE Council of 24 March 1992, OSCE Summit of 5-6 December 1994, OSCE Summit of 2-3 December 1996, OSCE Council of Ministers Meeting of 18-19 December 1997 and refrain from any action that will make it more difficult to reach a peaceful solution.

11. Expresses its full support for the three principles of the settlement of the armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan contained in the statement of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office at the 1996 Lisbon OSCE Summit, namely the territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, highest degree of self-rule of the Nagorno-Karabakh region within Azerbaijan and guaranteed security for Nagorno-Karabakh and its whole population.

12. Considers the proposal made by the OSCE Minsk Conference Co-chairmen aimed at the staged settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan armed conflict as the basis for the negotiations within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group and expresses its understanding that this approach is to ensure immediate elimination of the most serious consequences of the aggression against the Republic of Azerbaijan.

13. Reaffirms its total solidarity and support for the efforts being made by the Government and people of Azerbaijan to defend their country.

14. Calls for enabling the displaced persons and refugees to return to their homes in safety, honour and dignity.

15. Expresses its appreciation to all Member States which have made humanitarian assistance to the refugees and displaced persons and urges all the others to extend their contributions to these people.

16. Expresses its concern over the severity of humanitarian problems concerning the existence of more than one million displaced persons and refugees in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and requests the OIC Member States, the Islamic Development Bank and the other Islamic Institutions to render urgent financial and humanitarian assistance to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

17. Considers, that Azerbaijan has the right for appropriate compensation with regard to damages it suffered, and puts the responsibility for the adequate compensation of these damages on Armenia.

18. Requests the Secretary General to convey to the OSCE Chairman-in-Office the position of Member States on this matter.

19. Requests the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of this Resolution and submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference Conference.

 

 

RESOLUTION. 14/25-P

ON THE RIGHT OF THE GREAT SOCIALIST PEOPLE’S LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA TO RECEIVE REPARATIONS FOR LOSSES RESulTING FROM U.S. AGGRESSION IN 1986

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Proceeding from its belief in the common destiny of Islamic States and in solidarity among themselves;

Taking into consideration the obligation of all states to refrain from the threat or use of force;

Recalling all Islamic resolutions which condemned the said aggression and confirmed the right of Libya to receive just reparations for the material and human losses resulting from that aggression;

Recalling also UN General Assembly Resolution No. 38/41 condemning the aggression and the right of the Jamahiriya to demand appropriate reparations for the material and human losses incurred;

Recalling also the General Assembly Document No. A/42/412DD1 dated 27 July, 1987 submitted by the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya concerning the losses;

Referring to the relevant declarations, communiqués and resolutions adopted by Arab, African and Non-aligned Summit Conferences,

1. Reaffirms the previous resolutions condemning the military aggression perpetrated by the United States of America against the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in April 1986.

2. Expresses solidarity with Jamahiriya and supports its right to appropriate reparations for the losses sustained as a result of the said aggression in accordance with the provisions of UN General Assembly Resolution No.38/41 of 20 November, 1986.

3. Calls upon the United States of America to positively respond to UN General Assembly Resolution No. 38/41 concerning the right of Libya to reparations, to desist from provocations and threats, and to resort to peaceful means to solve its differences with the Jamahiriya.

4. Condemns the United States of America’s economic boycott measures against Libya and calls for their cancellation forthwith as they violate international law and convention.

5. Requests the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of this resolution and submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 15/25-P

ON CRISIS BETWEEN THE GREAT SOCIALIST PEOPLE’S LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA AND THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED KINGDOM.

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Having considered the item concerning the current crisis between the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, on the one hand, and the United States of America and the United Kingdom on the other; and having also considered the relevant report of the Secretary General;

Guided by the OIC Charter which calls for solidarity among the Member States;

Emphasizing the principles of the Charter of the United Nations which stipulate that all Member States are committed to refrain from the use or the threat of use of force in their international relations, and the settlement of their disputes by peaceful means;

Taking note of the verdict given by the International Court of Justice on 27.2.1998 related to its competence and acceptance to consider the case, thus putting back the case on its legal track.

Expressing deep appreciation of the position and the positive initiatives undertaken by Great Jamahiriya aimed at finding a peaceful solution of this crisis acceptable to all parties;

Referring to the resolutions of previous Islamic Conferences, the resolutions and declarations adopted by regional organizations, especially the resolutions passed by the League of Arab States and the declaration adopted by the Summit Conference of the Organization of African Unity at its 33rd Session held in Harare from 2 to 4 June 1997 and the Final Communique of the Non-aligned Movement, namely, resolutions which on the whole stipulate that, inter alia, if these Western States persist in their refusal to respond to positive initiatives put forward by the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and which are always supported by the said regional Organizations, those Organizations shall look into other means of alleviating the sufferings of the Libyan Arab people.

Expressing its regret over the disregarding and neglecting by the other parties concerned of the initiatives of the Great Jamahiriya and the constructive efforts exerted by regional organizations to settle this crisis;

Expressing its deep concern over the humanitarian and material damages inflicted upon the Libyan Arab people and the peoples of neighbouring states as a result of the unjust sanctions imposed in implementation of UN Security Council resolutions Nos. 748/92 and 883/93;

Warning against the risks posed by the continuation of this crisis to the security and safety of this region and their adverse effect on international peace and security,

1. Calls upon the parties concerned to take necessary steps to implement the verdict of the International Court of Justice.

2. Reiterates the resolutions of previous Islamic Conferences on solidarity with the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya which support the latter’s just position and constructive efforts aimed at reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis, the latest being the resolution of the Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference held in Tehran.

3. Welcomes the verdict of the International Court of Justice dated 27/2/1998, stipulating that it is competent to look into the case, and takes note of the clarifications given by the delegation of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

4. Urges the UN Security Council to immediately suspend the sanctions imposed upon Libya by Security Council resolution No. 748/92 and 883/93 until the International Court of Justice delivers a final judgement on the case referred to it in accordance with the UN Charter relieving the suffering of the Libyan Arab people, and in order to put back the case on its legal track.

5. Invites Member States to actively participate in the open meeting of the Security Council scheduled for 20 March 1998 to consider the issue with a view to suspending the sanctions imposed on the Libyan Arab people.

6. Requests the Secretary General to make immediate contacts with regional organizations to make joint efforts at the Security Council and with the UN Secretary General to end the crisis and to submit his report thereon to the Twenty-Sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 16 /25-P

ON SOLIDARITY WITH THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN AND THE GREAT SOCIALIST PEOPLE’S LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA ON THE D’AMATO LAW

  

The Twenty-fifth Seof the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quidah, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Recalling resolution No.15/8-P (IS) of the Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference and resolution No. 15/24-P of the Twenty-fourth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers as well as U.N. General Assembly resolution No.51/22 titled "e;Elimination of Coercive Economic Measures as a Political and Economic Compulsion"e;;

Believing in the objectives and principles of the Charter of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in strengthening Islamic solidarity among the Member States and taking the necessary measures to promote peace and security based on justice;

Conforming with the general international orientation towards freedom of trade exchanges and economic transactions;

Reiterating that the unilateral measures which affect other parties and attempts to impose the domestic laws on the territories of other countries run counter to the principles of international law that govern inter-state relations,

1. Emphasizes the principles of the OIC and the UN Charters which stipulate the commitments of all States to refrain from interfering in domestic affairs of other States and to resolve their disputes through peaceful means.

2. Strongly rejects any arbitrary, extra-territorial and unilateral measures whether political or legal applied by one country against another one.

3. Urges all States to consider the so-called D’Amato law which is against the international law and norms, as null and void.

4. Calls upon all States to be vigilant against such attitude and policies of the United States to the consequences of which are only to the detriment of peace, stability and welfare of developing countries.

5. Seriously urges Member States to take all necessary and effective measures in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of OIC and Charter of U.N., to refrain from any action which might undermine international cooperation and friendly relations between States.

6. Emphasizes its solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and sympathizes with their positions against such acts.

7. Calls on the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of this resolution and submit a report thereon to the next session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 17/25-P

ON THE SITUATION IN CYPRUS

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Reaffirming the previous resolutions of the Islamic Conferences on the question of Cyprus which express firm support for the rightful cause of the Turkish Muslim Community of Cyprus who constitutes an integral part of the Islamic world;

Recalling that in the more than 30 years since the establishment of UNFYCYP, it has not been possible to achieve a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus problem;

Calling for a just political settlement by respecting the legitimate aspirations of the Turkish Cypriot side;

Emphasizing in this regard the key importance of respecting the principles of equal political status in the attainment of a freely negotiated and mutually acceptable solution;

Reiterating its support for the efforts of the UN Secretary General under his mission of good offices towards a negotiated settlement mutually acceptable to both sides;

Welcoming in this context, the resumption of direct talks between the two sides in Cyprus at Troutbeck and Glion and subsequent direct talks in Nicosia on humanitarian and normalization issues under the auspices of UN Secretary General’s Representative;

Regretting that outside developments raising the possibility of EU membership of the Greek Cypriot side have hampered progress at these talks;

Welcoming the fact that the Turkish Cypriot side has accepted the UN sponsored package of military confidence building currently being discussed under UNFYCYP auspices;

Calling on the Greek Cypriot side to show a reciprocal constructive approach by accepting this proposal;

Considering that the excessive rearmament and purchase of S-300 missiles and the establishment of a military air base in Paphos by the Greek Cypriot side further deepen the existing mistrust between the two sides and constitute a threat to peace and stability in the island and the region;

Recalling its resolution adopted at the 24th Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers as well as the resolution adopted by the Seventh Session of the Islamic Summit Conference which decided the enhancement of the participation of the Turkish Muslim Community of Cyprus in the Organization of the Islamic Conference;

Noting in this regard its resolution adopted at the 24th Session of ICFM as well as resolution No.16/8-P (IS) adopted by the Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference;

Appreciating the economic study on the Turkish Muslim Community of Cyprus undertaken by the Islamic Development Bank;

Having considered in this context the request of the Turkish Cypriot side for full membership in the Organization of the Islamic Conference;

Expressing its solidarity with the Turkish Muslim Community of Cyprus and its appreciation for their constructive efforts to attain a just and mutually acceptable settlement;

Noting with appreciation the report of the Secretary General on the situation in Cyprus contained in document No.ICFM/25-98/PIL/D.10),

1. Reaffirms the total equality of the two parties in Cyprus as the principle enabling them to live side-by-side in security, peace and harmony without the one having the ability to exploit, oppress or threaten the other.

2. Urges the Member States to strengthen effective solidarity with the Turkish Muslim people of Cyprus and to increase and expand their relations in all fields and in particular in the fields of trade, tourism, culture, information, investment and sports.

3. Decides to support until the Cyprus problem is solved, the rightful claim of the Turkish Muslim Community of Cyprus for the right to be heard in all international fora where the Cyprus problem comes up for discussion, on the basis of equality of the two parties in Cyprus.

4. Requests the Secretary General to carry out the necessary contacts with the Islamic Development Bank with a view to seeking the ways and means of the latter’s assistance for the development projects of the Turkish Muslim Community of Cyprus.

5. Considers that building of mutual confidence between the two parties in the island is essential to make progress towards an overall settlement of the question.

6. Decides to remain seized of the request of the Turkish Muslim Community of Cyprus for full membership of the OIC.

7. Requests the Secretary General to take all necessary measures for the implementation of this Resolution and to make further recommendations as appropriate.

8. Requests further the Secretary General to monitor closely developments in Cyprus and submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 18/25-P

ON THE COMORIAN ISLAND OF MAYOTTE

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Recalling the relevant resolutions of the Islamic Summit and Foreign Ministers Conferences on the Comorian Island of Mayotte as well as the relevant UN General Assembly resolutions affirming the territorial unity of the Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros which is composed of four Islands: Grande-Comore, Mayotte, Moheli and Anjouan;

Bearing in mind the pledges made by France on the eve of the referendum for self-determination of 22 December 1974 held in the Comoros, to respect the territorial integrity of the Archipelago on its accession to independence;

Convinced that a just and lasting solution to the quest of Mayotte is to be found in respect for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Comoro Archipelago;

Also bearing in mind the wish expressed by the Government of France to seek a just solution to the problem;

Taking note of the repeated wish of the Government of the Comoros to initiate as soon as possible a frank and serious dialogue with the French Government and the representatives of the inhabitants of Mayotte with a view to accelerating the return of the Comorian Island of Mayotte to the Islamic Federal Republic of Comoros;

Considering that the separation of the Island of Mayotte from the other Comorian Islands constitutes a grave violation of the territorial integrity of the Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros, and is a serious impediment to the harmonious economic development of that country;

Bearing in mind also the decisions of the Organization of African Unity, the Movement of Non-aligned Countries and the United Nations on this question;

Noting with appreciation the relevant report of the Secretary General (Document No. ICFM/25-98/PIL/D.11),

1. Reaffirms the unity and territorial integrity of the Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros and its sovereignty over the Comorian Island of Mayotte.

2. Expresses its active solidarity with the Comorian people and supports the Comorian Government in its political and diplomatic efforts to effectively restore the Island to its natural entity.

3. Urges the Government of France to accelerate the process of negotiations with the Government of the Comoros with a view to ensuring the effective and prompt return of the Island of Mayotte to the Comoros;

4. Calls upon the Member States to use their influence with France collectively and individually so as to induce it to accelerate the negotiations with the Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros on the basis of the national unity and territorial integrity of that country.

5. Rejects any idea of dividing the island into departments, such idea being contrary to resolutions adopted by international organisations and to the solution of the problem by means of negotiations in conformity with the will of the Presidents of France and Comoros.

6. Invites the Secretary General to continue his contacts with the French authorities in order to convey to them the deep concern of the OIC over this problem and to follow the developments in this regard in coordination with the Secretaries General of the UN and the OAU.

7. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation of this resolution and to submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 19/25-P

ON THE SITUATION IN KOSOVO

  

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Proceeding from the principles and objectives of the Charter of the Organization of the Islamic Conference which emphasize the commitment of the Islamic Ummah to the consolidation of international peace and security;

Bearing in mind the obligation of all States to act in conformity with the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter;

Noting the UN General Assembly resolutions 49/201 of 23 December 1994, 50/190 of December 1995 and 51/111 of 12 December 1996;

Expressing serious concern over the alarming increase in human rights violations in Kosovo by the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), the continuing and systematic harassment, and persecution of Muslims of various ethnic origins in Kosovo, imprisonment of members of political parties, human rights workers, and journalists, the brutalities, arbitrary charges, seizures, arrests, forced eviction, torture, ill-treatment of detainees, even killings, the discrimination in the administration of justice, arbitrary dismissal of civil servants, elimination of the Albanian language from the educational system, the closing of schools and universities, as well as all cultural and scientific institutions and, as a result, Muslims of various origins in Kosovo are forced to emigrate, without any guarantees to return, thus pursuing the escalation of the ethnic cleansing policy in Kosovo;

Expressing further concern that these massive and systematic violations of all human and political rights pose a threat to peace and security in the region,

1. Reaffirms its firm rejection of the haphazard use of armed forces against civilians in Kosovo and calls for an immediate halt to such actions and immediate withdrawal from the civilian areas.

2. Condemns strongly the large-scale repression, measures of discrimination and violations of human rights against Muslims of various origins in Kosovo committed by the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), aimed at forcing them to leave their land.

3. Calls on the international community to take all necessary measures to bring to an immediate end all human rights violations against Muslims of various origins in Kosovo, and revoke all discriminatory legislation, in particular that which has entered into force since 1989.

4. Recommends to all Member States to act within the UN General Assembly and the UN Committee on Human Rights as well as in the other international fora with a view to defending the rights of Muslims of various ethnic origins in Kosovo.

5. Calls for the establishment of genuine democratic institutions in Kosovo, including the parliament, government and judiciary body as the best means of protecting the human, political and national rights of Muslims of various ethnic origins in Kosovo and preventing the escalation of conflict in addition to reopening all the educational, cultural and scientific institutions releasing all political prisoners in Kosovo and opening an internationally brokered dialogue with Muslims of all ethnic origins in Kosovo.

6. Calls on Member States to support the international efforts aimed at achieving a peaceful settlement of the problem guaranteeing the national aspirations of Muslims of all ethnic origins in Kosovo.

7. Requests the Secretary General to hold consultations with the relevant international organizations to address the crisis in Kosovo.

8. Authorises the OIC Group in the United Nations to monitor closely the situation in Kosovo and to take effective steps to guarantee the rights of Muslims of all ethnic origins in Kosovo.

9. Requests the international community, especially OIC Member States to extend humanitarian assistance to Muslims of all ethnic origins in Kosovo.

10. Requests the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of this resolution and submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 20/25-P

ON THE DEVELOPMENTS TAKING PLACE IN THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE ISLAMIC WORLD

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Recalling all Islamic relevant resolutions, in particular Resolution No.19/8-P(IS) of the Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference on the developments taking place in the world, especially in Eastern and Central Europe and their effects on the Islamic World as well as the Dakar Declaration adopted by the Sixth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference;

Recognizing that the current international situation is characterized by instability and uncertainty, especially for the developing countries;

Being aware that the present situation requires the Islamic States to contribute effectively towards the establishment of a New World Order based on justice and equality for all, which should be an objective of Joint Islamic Action within the framework of the OIC;

Having taken cognizance of the current developments in the world in general and in Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia in particular in the political, economic and social fields, and the repercussions thereof on the Muslim Ummah;

Deeply concerned over the situation in the Balkans arising from Serbian aggressive and expansionist policies which threaten the peace and security of the region as a whole;

Taking note of the fact that developments in Eastern and Central Europe in the political, economic and social fields and the growing interdependence between East and West have led to increase in the flow of financial resources to East European countries with implications for the Islamic world;

Expressing concern over the immigration and the settlement of European and other nationals of Jewish faith in the occupied Arab and Palestinian territories;

Taking Note of the Report of the Secretary General (Document No. ICFM/25-98/PIL/D.13),

1. Reaffirms the need to maintain and promote ties of friendship and cooperation between the Islamic world and the countries of Eastern and Central Europe on the basis of mutual interests.

2. Expresses the hope that strengthening of economic relations between Eastern and Western Europe would not affect the order of priorities in respect of economic cooperation and trade exchanges between those countries and Islamic countries, nor have a negative impact on the flow of financial resources extended by the advanced countries, whether Eastern or Western, for financing development in Muslim and Third world countries.

3. Also Expresses the hope that the States of Eastern and Western Europe and other States respect and protect the Islamic identity of the Muslim communities and/or Muslim minorities living in their countries and their right to practice freely their language, religion and culture.

4. Warns against the perilous consequences of the transfer and settlement of European and other nationals of Jewish faith in the occupied Arab and Palestinian territories, and its negative impact on the peace process, all of which increase tension in the Middle East region and threaten international peace and security.

5. Requests the Secretary General to closely monitor the political and economic situation in Eastern and Central European countries with special reference to the condition of Muslims and Muslim communities in these countries and present regular reports to the OIC Meetings. The effect of the situation on Muslim countries may also be indicated, alongwith recommendations and proposed action by Member States.

6. Calls on the Secretary General to visit the region from time to time to contact the governments and members of the Muslim communities to ascertain their condition and enlighten them about the OIC.

7. Also requests that the Islamic Development Bank may, in association with international/regional financial institutions, draw up a study of the economic circumstances of the region, Western concerns and interests, and their implications for the Muslim countries. They may make recommendations on possibilities of interaction of their economies with the Member States.

8. Recommends that Member States, belonging to the two regions, may be included in the meetings of the Reflection Committee so as to obtain meaningful inputs in the proceedings of the Committee.

9. Approves the recommendations contained in the Report of the Meeting of the Reflection Committee entrusted with the subject of the new developments in the international situation, specially in Central and Eastern Europe and other regions (RC/3-97/Rep.1/Final) and calls upon the Member States to cooperate and contribute by implementing these proposals and recommendations.

10. Invites the Reflection Committee to continue to hold regular experts meetings to follow up the developments in the international situation, especially in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia and its possible repercussions on the Islamic World.

11. Requests the Reflection Committee to hold annual Ministerial Meetings, if possible, during the Coordination Meeting in New York.

12. Requests the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of the resolution and submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

RESOLUTION NO. 21/25-P

ON THE SECURITY AND SOLIDARITY OF ISLAMIC STATES

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 17 to 19 Dhul Quida, 1418H (15-17 March, 1998),

Recalling the resolve of Member States expressed in accordance with the Charter of the Organization of Islamic Conference to unite their efforts in order to secure universal peace which ensures security, freedom and justice for their people and all peoples throughout the world;

Recalling also the purposes and principles of the UN Charter;

Mindful of the objectives and principles enshrined in the Charter of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, especially the objectives of promoting Islamic solidarity among Member States and strengthening their capacity to safeguard their security, sovereignty, independence and national rights;

Stressing the right of every Member State to maintain its national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity;

Recalling all previous resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conferences of Foreign Ministers on this subject;

Recalling also resolution 44/51 of the UN General Assembly entitled "e;Protection and Security of Small States"e; adopted by the 44th Session of the UN General Assembly in 1989;

Reaffirming the importance of the establishment of peace and security in the Islamic world and the consolidation of the climate of mutual confidence and solidarity between the Islamic countries as well as their cooperation in all fields;

Reaffirming the right of all Member States to preserve their national security and territorial integrity;

Bearing in mind the recommendations and proposals of the inter-governmental experts’ group set up to study this matter;

Taking into account the rapid and profound changes taking place in the system of international relations and its impact on different regions and states throughout the world and particularly across the Islamic world;

Considering the continued occupation of Palestine, Al-Quds Al-Sharif and of the other Arab territories and the continued denial of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people as constituting a serious threat to the security of Islamic States and world peace;

Expressing its deep concern at the threats to the security of Member States and proliferation of crises and conflicts affecting Islamic countries and peoples as well as at the threats and challenges to the solidarity of the Islamic Ummah in all spheres of life and reaffirming the necessity to safeguard the Islamic values and identity;

Recalling the provisions of the Dakar Declaration adopted by the Sixth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference which affirms the resolve of Member States to contribute actively towards the establishment of a New International Order based on peace and progress and respect for international legality and capable of guaranteeing justice and equality for all;

Determined to vigorously oppose foreign domination, aggression, alien occupation, hegemonism and spheres of influence, which result in the limitation of the freedom of member States to determine their own political systems and pursue economic, social and cultural development without any coercion, intimidation and pressure from outside;

Emphasizing the absolute right of each Member State to preserve its natural resources and to use them for the benefit, welfare and progress of their people;

Taking Note of the Report of the Secretary General on the Security and Solidarity of Islamic States (Document No. ICFM/25-98/PIL/D.14);

Also taking note of the report submitted by the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on the Security and Solidarity of Islamic States which was constituted by the Secretary General in implementation of Resolution 18/7-P (IS) of the Seventh Session of the Islamic Summit Conference;

Further taking note of the report submitted by the Second Meeting of the Inter-Governmental Group of Experts held in Jeddah on 23 October 1996 pursuant to Resolution No. 17/23-P of the 23rd Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers,

1. Reiterates that the security of each Muslim country is the concern of all Islamic countries.

2. Reaffirms further the determination of Member States to encourage the initiatives aimed at building confidence and security at the bilateral or sub-regional levels in conformity with the provisions and principles contained in the Dakar Declaration wherever and whenever appropriate;.

3. Recognizes that small states are particularly vulnerable to external threats and acts of interference in their internal affairs.

4. Express its firm determination to strengthen security of Member States, through cooperation and solidarity among Islamic countries, in accordance with the objectives and principles of the Charters of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and of the United Nations and as stipulated in the Dakar Declaration.

5. Reaffirms the permanent and full sovereignty of the Islamic countries and peoples over their natural resources and economic activities.

6. Expresses the determination of the Member States to preserve and promote Islamic values in all spheres of life especially those of solidarity and mutual respect;

7. Reaffirms the need for respect of the principles of international law concerning the sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of States, non-use of force in international relations, peaceful settlement of disputes and non-intervention and non-interference in the internal affairs of States as essential prerequisites for the security of Islamic States.

8. Approves the report of the Second Inter-governmental Expert Group Meeting entrusted to reflect on the security and solidarity of Member States as well as the proposals and recommendations contained therein. It recommends to Member States to implement them and requests the Group to continue to follow up developments relating to the question of security and solidarity of Member States and to report thereon to the Twenty- Sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

9. Requests the Secretary General to follow-up the implementation of this resolution and submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

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