OIC Press Release
His Excellency Dr. Azeddine Laraki, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference held talks Saturday, at the UN headquarters in New York with Mr. Peter Van Walson, Permanent Representative of Holland to the UN and Chairman of the UN Security Council’s current session.
The round of talks focused on a number of topical issues tabled for the fifty-fourth session of the UN General Assembly, foremost of which the issue of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, Palestine and the Middle-East peace talks, in addition to prospects for cooperation between the UN and the OIC.
His Excellency the Secretary General also had a meeting with Mr. Theo Ben Gurriab, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Namibia and Chairman of the UN General Assembly’s Fifty-fourth Session.
In these two meetings, Dr. Laraki reviewed a number of joint-interest issues currently on the agenda of the UN General Assembly. The Secretary General reflected the position of the Organization of the Islamic Conference vis-a-vis the various issues tabled for discussion.
The Secretary General met, on the margin of the UN General Assembly’s fifty-fourth session, with a number of OIC Member States’ Foreign Ministers foremost of whom Mr. Youssef Ouedragou, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso and Chairman of the Twenty-sixth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers. The Secretary General discussed with the Burkinabe Minister the agenda of the annual OIC Coordination Meeting due to be held on Friday Ist October 1999 at the UN headquarters in New York.
The Secretary General also discussed the same subject with Mr. Kamal Kharazi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran with a particular stress laid on items relating to dialogue among civilizations and future ports of call in that respect.
On another front, the Secretary General’s activities in New York were marked by his presiding, on Friday last over the Six-Member Committee on Palestine, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.