REPORT OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL
“THE ASSISTANCE FOR THE REHABIliTATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE NORTHERN REGION OF MAli”
TO THE TWENTY-SIXTH SESSION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF FOREIGN MINISTERS
OUAGADOUGOU – BURKINA FASO, 28 JUNE – 1 JULY 1999
- Following the signing of the National Pact between the Republic of Mali and Azwad Unified Movements and Fronts, His Excellency the Secretary General who attended the signing ceremony made contacts with various Islamic institutions urging them to extend their assistance and support to the success of the Pact and the reconstruction of the Northern Region of Mali.
- The Secretary General organized a meeting at the OIC Headquarters. The meeting, which was attended by the IDB, the Islamic Solidarity Fund, IGHATA and RABITAH, examined the ways and means to extend relief to the northern region of Mali.
- The Islamic Solidarity Fund pledged US$ 100,000; IGHATA SR.2 million for the drilling of wells, the construction of dispensaries, mosques and orphanages. RABITAH decided to build an integrated cultural centre comprising a school, a mosque and a dispensary in each of the following regions: Gao, Kidal and Tumbuktu. The Islamic Development Bank declared that it would consider the ways and means to provide the required assistance.
- In November 1994, the Islamic Solidarity Fund extended US$ 100,000 to the Government of Burkina Faso to help it alleviate the sufferings of Malian Tuareg refugees living in its territory.
- From 15 to 18 July 1995, a meeting was held in Tumbuktu between the Government and partners on the northern regions of Mali. During this meeting, participants discussed and adopted a programme aimed essentially at restoring peace and re-instating State authority in the northern regions and ensuring the return of displaced people. The Organization of the Islamic Conference took part in these debates. It was concluded that the peace process launched with the signing of the National Pact must enjoy full financial support since it is still quite fragile and urgent action is required.
- In its resolution No. 34/8-P (IS), the Eighth Islamic Conference held in Tehran in December 1997 and Twenty-fifth ICFM which held in Doha, State of Qatar, in March 198 invited Member States and Islamic institutions to extend the necessary financial assistance for the emergency projects and programmes with a view to guaranteeing the return of refugees, their reinsertion, the social, cultural and economic development of the Northern Region of Mali and firmly recommended the support of the Organization and its financial institutions to the implementation of the long and mid-term strategy of development and the emergency programme in regions of Kidal, Gao and Tumbuktu.
- The Secretary General welcomed the generous contributions made by donor parties, and urged these to pursue their efforts. The Secretary General is of the opinion that the National Pact which was concluded in that region would be jeopardized if the necessary assistance were not provided.
- The Secretary General submits this report to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers for consideration.