Opening of the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Foregin Ministers of the OIC Member States in New York

OIC Press Release

18 September 2000

Opening of the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Foregin Ministers of the OIC Member States in New York

In his address at the opening of the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the OIC Member States, Dr. Azeddine Laraki, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, laid stress on the fact that the international community needs to demonstrate a greater measure of interest and daring in favour of rightfulness, such as to compel Israel to abide by the will of the world community and implement the international resolutions relevant to peace in the Middle-East, foremost of which, the issue of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and that of the Palestinian people and their right to return to their homeland and to establish their own independent State.

The Secretary General having recently participated in the Millennium Summit was to add, at the UN Headquarters which is hosting the OIC Coordination Meeting, that the multi-faceted cooperation which characterizes the relations between the OIC and the UN as well as other Organizations will make it possible to achieve coordinated stands towards many of the issues tabled on the General Assembly’s agenda with, among the forefront issues, those of Palestine, Al-Quds and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The Secretary General then reviewed the results achieved by the meeting of the Al-Quds Committee which was held late in the month of August in the city of Agadir, Kingdom of Morocco, at the kind invitation of His Majesty King Mohamed VI who chaired the Committee’s proceedings which were attended by President Yasser Arafat as well as the Foreign Ministers of 16 OIC Member States.

Dr. Azeddine Laraki drew the attention of the participants, through an overall review, to the other issues relating to joint Islamic action such as the issue of the Gulf, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Jammu and Kashmir, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Southern Philippines, Azerbaijan,Tajikistan, Cyprus, and the Islamic world’s solidarity with the peoples of Member States stricken by poverty, disease, drought, desertification, or those still enduring the hardships of sanctions imposed upon them.