OIC Press Release
|14 September 2000|
The meeting of the Working Group on the UN Reform and Expansion of the Security Council, preparatory to the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the OIC Member States, at the UN Headquarters in New York, was opened today Wednesday 16 Jumada II 1421H (14 September 2000), under the Chairmanship of the representative of Malaysia Ambassador Hasmy Agam.
Ambassador Ibrahim Saleh Bakr, Assistant Secretary General highlighted in the introductory remarks of the message which he delivered on behalf of Dr. Azeddine Laraki, OIC Secretary General, the particular attention which the OIC attaches to the UN reform including the expansion of its Security Council.
The Assistant Secretary General recalled that the Islamic Summit and Ministerial Conferences had assigned an Open-Ended Group to study and follow up the issue. The message further stated that the United Nations existence already spans in excess of half a century, during which period it has been able to attain many achievements of interest to humanity at large, but not without facing a non-negligible number of crises which have adversely affected its credibility. Dr. Laraki also pointed out that it has become imperative, given the developments witnessed by the world today which have generated a new reality in terms of international relations, that a number of reforms be introduced in the United Nations so as to bring about increased transparency to its work and truly reflect the aspirations of all peoples.
The Member States’ delegates to this open-ended meeting looked into the report submitted by the OIC Secretary General and discussed its specific aspects before adopting it as a working document to be submitted to the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the OIC Member States due to be held on Monday 20 Jumada II 1421H (18 September 2000) at the UN Headquarters in New York. The delegates adopted a Draft Declaration on the UN reform and expansion of its Security Council, which included in particular an invitation to observe the principle of Member States’ equality in terms of sovereignty and that of equitable geographical repartition when considering the UN reform and the expansion of the Security Council.