Deliberations of the OIC Ad-Hoc Committee on Afghanistan

OIC Press Release

13 September 2000

Deliberations of the OIC Ad-Hoc Committee on Afghanistan

”Despite the cease-fire commitment made by the Afghan factions at their two recent rounds of talks held at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah in March and May 2000, with the attendance of the UN Secretary General’s representative, a real end to the warring has not been achieved as yet, and national concord and the return of Afghanistan to the Islamic and international arena, have continued to be elusive”.

This observation was made within the message delivered by Ambassador Ibrahim Bakr, Assistant Secretary General, on behalf of Dr Azeddine Laraki, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, on Wednesday 15 Jumada II 1421H (13 September 2000) at the opening of the deliberations of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Afghanistan convened in preparation for the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the OIC Member States, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Assistant Secretary General reviewed in the message he delivered, the various endeavours made by the General Secretariat through the two rounds of Afghan talks mentioned above, and expressed regret in the face of the fresh break out of military engagements on 30 June 2000, which further inflated the number of displaced people and refugees who have fled to the Panjasher Valley, thus exacerbating the situation in Afghanistan.

The Committee, which is comprised of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Turnisia and the Republic of Guinea, looked into the issues on its agenda foremost of which the need to keep up the peace efforts in favour of restoring peace in Afghanistan and putting an end to the dispute and warring among the Afghan factions, in cooperation with the United Nations, and to chart a practical course that could lead to the achievement of national concord and comprehensive peace in Afghanistan.