Comments of the OIC Secretary General on the Recent Statements Targeting Some OIC Member States

OIC Press Release

4 February 2002

Comments of the OIC Secretary General on the Recent Statements Targeting Some OIC Member States

The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference has been following with great interest and concern the statements recently made, targeting some Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and describing them as belonging to the so-called "axis of evil".

Commenting on these statements, the Secretary General would like to state the following:

The Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference have adopted a clear position in condemning international terrorism and supported the United States of American in combating this phenomenon.

The position of the Islamic world was unanimously made clear regarding the condemnation of terrorism, at the Tenth Extraordinary Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Doha on 10 October, 2001, which laid the foundations for the stand of the Islamic world on terrorism and the repercussions of the events of 11 September 2001.

Given these facts, it is regrettably observed that the recent unjustified statements and campaigns against the Islamic States are likely to undermine the credibility of the international coalition against terrorism, weaken its cohesion, and be counterproductive.

Therefore, in order to maintain a clear and unified objective, the Organization of the Islamic Conference rejects any mixing up of issues and any leveling of accusations without proof or compelling evidence, particularly in the light of the negative positions vis-à-vis the grave Israeli escalation and illegal and oppressive practices in Palestine.

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