OIC Press Release
|5 March 2000|
A delegation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ad-hoc Committee on Afghanistan, headed by H.E. Dr. Javad Zarif, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and representative of the Chairman of the Eighth Islamic Summit called on H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, at his office in New York on Wednesday, 1 March 2000, and briefed him on the OIC’s current efforts to advance the prospects of achieving peace in Afghanistan. Other members of the delegation comprised representatives of the Governments of Guinea, Pakistan and Tunisia and of the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah.
Over the past couple of weeks the OIC delegations has visited Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries — Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan — as well as Saudi Arabia, and held consultations with the respective governments seeking their views on resuming the efforts towards a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan. At the request of the Afghan factions, the delegation also held informal meetings with their representatives. As a result of these consultations it has been decided to convene separate meetings with the representatives of the Afghan factions at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah on 6 March 2000. The purpose of the meetings would be to explore the possibilities of bringing the parties together with the view to developing a comprehensive, commonly agreeable, plan of action to achieve peace in Afghanistan.
In the course of briefing the United Nations Secretary General, the delegation invited the United Nations to send a representative to observe and participate in the meetings in Jeddah. At the same time, the representative of the OIC General Secretariat in the delegation presented a letter to H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan from H.E. Dr. Azeddine Laraki, Secretary General of the OIC, reaffirming the ongoing cooperation between the two organizations and complimentarity of their efforts, including those of the Six-plus-Two Group on Afghanistan, in bringing peace and security to Afghanistan in accordance with the relevant United Nations and OIC resolutions on the situation in Afghanistan.