OIC Press Release
|5 December 2001|
The OIC Secretary General Dr. Abdelouahed BELKEZIZ has invited the United Nations to carry out an investigation on the carnage that has recently taken place inside the citadel of Jangi near the city of Mazar Al-Sharif in Afghanistan, a carnage that aroused the denunciation of the Islamic States as well as that of many other quarters concerned with humanitarian affairs across the world.
The OIC Secretary General’s invitation to the UN was included in a letter addressed to Mr. Kofi Annan. Following is the full text of the letter in question.
Mr. Kofi Annan
Secretary General of the United Nations
I would like to extend to you my deep thanks and appreciation for the diligent and sustained efforts undertaken by the United Nations in favour of the establishment of peace and security in Afghanistan, and for the success you have achieved in bringing together the main Afghan factions with a view to forming a transition government that would pave the way for that country’s return to an era of stability and national reconciliation.
In the midst of these positive developments however, news have reached me about the massacre that took place recently inside the citadel of Jangi located at the outskirts of the city of Mazar Al-Sharif in Afghanistan, and claimed the lives of hundreds of prisoners who, having been promised that they would be well treated and handed over to the United Nations, had surrendered and turned themselves over to the forces of the Northern Alliance in the city of Kandouz.
Despite the obscurity shrouding this dramatic event, it has nevertheless aroused the denunciation of the Islamic States as well as that of many other organizations and quarters concerned with humanitarian affairs across the world. What had befallen the prisoners in question also constitutes a violation of the terms of the 1949 Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war and the provisions therein concerning their general protection.
In view of the important role assumed by the United Nations in the Afghan issue I would like to kindly invite Your Excellency to give this matter all the attention it deserves through the opening of a UN investigation in what has happened. Such an initiative would preempt any recurrence of such regrettable actions elsewhere in Afghanistan.
I would be grateful if you could kindly keep me posted of the results of measures you may undertake in this respect.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest regard and sinceremost esteem.
Dr. Abdelouahed BELKEZIZ