OIC Press Release
|27 June 2000|
The proceedings of the Twenty-seventh Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday 25 Rabi-ul Awal 1421H (27 June 2000) amid close interest and expectations of the Conference’s results in terms of joint Islamic action and repercussions on the international relations of the Islamic world.
The inaugural session, patronized by His Excellency Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad delivered a brief speech, welcoming Their Excellencies the Foreign Ministers to Malaysia and wishing them a pleasant stay. His Excellency referred to a number of important issues included in the agenda of the current session, emphasizing that the Ministers will accord them due attention because they constitute challenges for the Islamic Ummah in the new millennium; and that without positive and conclusive decisions thereon, States of the Muslim world will find it difficult to play an effective and important role in the so-called process of globalization, whose impacts, cultural means, material complexities and advanced technologies are pervading all areas of the life.
The OIC Secretary General Dr. Azeddine LARAKI, delivered a speech in which he addressed a number of issues submitted to Their Excellencies the Ministers for discussion, foremost among which are the primary cause of Arabs and Muslims, i.e. the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif, Crisis in Afghanistan; Situation in Kosova and Chechnya: Jammu and Kashmir; Non-Nuclear Proliferation Agreement; Developments in Africa; as well as international issues concerning human rights, Muslim communities and minorities in non-OIC States, Combating terrorism, Dialogue among civilizations; economic, legal, information, social and cultural affairs of concern to the leaders and peoples of the Islamic Ummah.
Dr. Laraki reviewed OIC efforts towards issues under consideration by the Ministers, its diplomatic activities and the meetings it had organized at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whether at the Islamic or international domains, in coordination with the UN and other international and regional organizations aiming at finding equitable and permanent solutions that would ensure the restoration of peace, security and stability in the various areas of tensions and conflicts in the world, and help to advance the conditions of Muslim States and peoples commensurate with the hopes and aspirations of Muslims.
The Secretary-General also dealt with Internal Rules and Regulations, Administrative and Financial Structural Reforms and the policy of expenditure rationalization, which have been introduced in order to upgrade the performance of the OIC and surmount its difficult financial situation which, the Secretary General has emphasized, is threatening the functioning and very existence of the OIC and curtailing the development of its work mechanisms. He stated the necessity of equipping the OIC and supporting it with the necessary financial resources if it is to assume an effective role in terms of promoting joint-Islamic action.
The Twenty-seventh session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers has unanimously elected, during the beginning of its meetings, His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Al-Bar as Chairman. It has also elected Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Palestine as Vice-Chairmen. Burkina Faso is the Rapporteur of the Conference. The four-day Conference will consider the agenda items through four Committees. Political, economic, information, cultural and other topics, recommended by the Meeting of Senior Officials Preparatory to the ICFM, held in Jeddah last May, will be duly discussed.