REPORT OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL
“THE RIGHT OF THE SOCIAliST PEOPLE’S liBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA TO REPARATIONS FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE U.S. AGGRESSION AGAINST IT IN 1986”
TO THE TWENTY-SIXTH SESSION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF FOREIGN MINISTERS
OUAGADOUGOU – BURKINA FASO, 28 JUNE – 1 JULY 1999
- The air strike carried out by UN aircraft against libyan Territory on 15 August, 1985, had a great impact on the OIC which immediately condemned it. The OIC, upon a request by the Jamahiriya, maintained the issue under consideration and attention and included it as a separate agenda item at the levels of Islamic Summit and Ministerial Conferences.
- The USA did not confine itself to this act of aggression and blatant violation of International Law, and the sovereignty and independence of the Jamahiriya resulting in the martyrdom of innocent civilizations as well s the destruction of neighbourhoods, hospitals, schools, mosques, centers for handicapped persons and embassies, but undertook, following that attack, a number of economic boycott measures against libya and conducted large-scale military maneuvers near libya’s territorial waters, described by observers as provocative. It also threatened to launch a fresh attach while concentrating its naval forces near the libyan coasts.
- The Sixteenth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers condemned the decision adopted by the USA in this respect and the measures taken against the Socialist People’s libyan Arab Jamahiriya and affirmed its right to obtain adequate reparations for the physical and human losses it had sustained.
- Successive Islamic Conferences expressed sympathy with the Jamahiriya and condemned the continuing United States aggression threats and plots against OIC Member States and supported the right of the Jamahiriya to demand reparations from the United States in conformity with U.N. General Assembly Resolution 38/41.
- Following the shooting down of two libyan aircraft on 4 January, 1989, over the Gulf of Sirte in libyan territorial waters, the OIC condemned this aggression and considered it as an act of provocation against the Jamahiriya. Islamic Conferences also condemned this aggression and the measures of economic boycott by which the US administration seek to undermine libyan development plans. Islamic Conferences reiterated their support to the Jamahiriya in defending its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- In continuation of the series of US procedures and threats against the Jamahiriya, the United States also launched against it a hostile propaganda campaign alleging that the latter is working to produce chemical weapons, even though the libyan authorities have always proclaimed the peaceful purposes of the installations of the Rabta Complex and offered to authorise if need be, appropriate verification by international experts.
- The 8th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference and the Twenty-fifth ICFM held in Doha, State of Qatar condemned the military aggression perpetrated by the USA against the Great Jamahiriya in April 1986. It expressed support to the right of the Jamahiriya to demand equitable reparations for the damages and losses which it has sustained. The two conferences respectively condemned the boycott imposed by the USA against libya and called for their immediate cancellation as they violate international law and convention. It called upon the USA to respond positively to the UN General Assembly Resolution No. 38/41 of 20 November, 1986 concerning the right of libya to reparations, to desist from provocations and threat, and to resort to peaceful means to solve its differences with the Jamahiriya.
- Following up this issue the Secretary General expressed the hope that the USA Administration would not seek escalation of its policies against the Jamahiriya, especially continuing accusations that libya is training troops to carry out terrorist operations; and that it would tone town the threatening language used frequently. The Secretary General followed with concern reports of USA theats to the libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the accusations that the latter is conducting a programme for the production of chemical weapons.
- The Secretary General reiterates the importance for Member States to continue to express their solidarity with the Socialist People’s libyan Arab Jamahiriya and with the efforts it has made to protect its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- The Secretary General submits this Report to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers for consideration and appropriate decision.