REPORT OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL
“THE QUESTION OF THE COMORIAN ISLAND OF MAYOTTE”
TO THE TWENTY-SIXTH SESSION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF FOREIGN MINISTERS
OUAGADOUGOU – BURKINA FASO, 28 JUNE – 1 JULY 1999
1. The international community recognized the Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros as an integral territorial unit composed of four Islands: Anjouan, Grande Comore, Mayotte and Moheli. The occupation of Mayotte Island by the former colonial power is then unjustified. The stand of the international community has been reaffirmed several times, by the United Nations General Assembly, the Organization of African Unity, the Non-aligned Movement and by all the OAU Summit and Foreign Affairs Sessions.
2. The OIC endeavoured to promote a peaceful political solution based on International Law and the established policy in term of decolonization.
3. The successive Secretaries General have, on many occasions, tackled the issue with different French authorities and noted the readiness of France to opening a constructive dialogue leading to a situation in compliance with the international law while being compatible with the French constitution. The Secretary General expressed the hope that the negotiations will be pursued and produce positive results.
4. The Secretary General urges Member States in accordance with resolution No. 18/25-P to continue expressing their solidarity with Islamic Federal Republic of Comoros and to pay to this issue all the attention it deserves in international fora and bilateral meetings with French authorities.
5. The Secretary General submits this report to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers for consideration and appropriate decision.