REPORT OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL
“supPORT FOR THE EFFORTS OF SUDAN TO ACHIEVE NATIONAL UNITY, PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT, AND TO SAFEGAURD ITS IDENTITY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE FACE OF CURRENT CHALLENGES “
TO THE TWENTY-SIXTH SESSION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF FOREIGN MINISTERS
OUAGADOUGOU – BURKINA FASO, 28 JUNE – 1 JULY 1999
The Eighteenth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, adopted Resolution 33/18-P urging the Member States to give their full support to the efforts of the Republic of Sudan for realizing its national unity, peace and development, preserving its civilizational heritage and to enable it to confront the challenges placed before it with the aim of hindering these efforts.
- The above-mentioned Conference decided to remain seized of this subject. Successive Ministerial Conferences adopted a series of resolutions thereon in which they explained the vicious campaigns and designs supported by various foreign circles, primarily Israel aimed at undermining Sudan’s unity, security, stability and Islamic identity. The resolutions reaffirmed solidarity with the Government and people of Sudan in facing foreign hostile designs and defending the unity, territorial integrity and stability of their country.
- The Seventh Islamic Summit by its Resolution 16/7-P(IS) reaffirmed its solidarity with Sudan and commended Sudan’s commitment and genuine and continued efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the problem of Southern Sudan. It also expressed its profound appreciation to the Member States which supported the fforts made by Sudan to safeguard its unity and territorial integrity. The Conference apealed to Member States to keep up their support to these efforts. It also lauded the efforts exerted by the Sudan to realize a peaceful solution to the said problem particularly the fruitful efforts which led to the signing of the Khartoum and Fashouda Peace Agreements with the rebellious southern factions.
- The Eighth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference and the Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers reaffirmed the resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conferences on the subject. The two sessions expressed their profound appreciation to those Member States that have been supporting Sudan’s efforts for the preservation of its unity, national security and cultural heritage, and urged them to continue supporting those efforts in keeping with the principles enshrined in the OIC’s charter and resolutions.
- The Secretary General, during his visit to the Republic of the Sudan, in November 1998, in which he was received by His Excellency President Omar Hassan Al-Basheer, took note of the developments in the Sudan in general and in the South in particular and the questions requiring support and assistance.
- During the same visit, the Secretary General reiterated the support of the OIC and that of the Member States for the efforts exerted by the Republic of the Sudan to confront hostile designs and to defend its unity, territorial integrity and stability.
- The Secretary General welcomes the continued endeavours of the Government of the Sudan aimed at reaching a peaceful solution to the problem of the South of the Sudan through negotiations and dialogue among different Sudanese parties. He also urges Members States to continue extending assistance to the Sudan and to support its efforts, which are aimed at restoring peace and promoting reconciliation among its people through dialogue and negotiations.
- The Secretary General presents this report to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers for consideration and appropriate decision.