OIC Press Release
|7 February 2001|
Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference is attending the high-level meeting being held with the joint participation of the United Nations and Regional Organizations on cooperation in the fields of peace-building and peace-making at the UN headquarters in New York from 6 to 7 February 2001, Mr. Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General inaugurated the meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 10 a.m. in his address to the participants, commended particularly the efforts exerted by regional efforts to restore peace, avert tensions leading to conflict, prevent conflicts, and eliminate them when they arise.
Dr. Belkeziz took part in the dialogue on the three items set down on the Agenda of the meeting. Speaking to the prevention of conflicts, he emphasized that the Organization of the Islamic Conference “because of the common spiritual and civilizational bonds that are the distinctive assets of its members, should take advantage in this field of the services of its learned pundits to contribute to the elimination of conflicts.” Dr. Belkeziz remarked that peace-building in the wake of conflicts required a central mechanism for coordination among Regional Organizations and civil society associations working in the humanitarian field as well as an early warning mechanism jointly operated by Regional Organizations, the United Nations and the countries concerned with the objectives of fostering confidence-building, mobilizing available capabilities, and engaging in ongoing consultations.
The OIC Secretary General had a meeting with Mr. Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General where they reviewed issues of common interest and particularly the Organization’s crucial causes of Al-Quds, the international protection of Palestinians, what is known as the Lockerbie Affair and its repercussions following the announcement of the verdict, lifting the embargo imposed on the Iraqi people, as well as the situations in Afghanistan, Somalia, and countries of the African Sahel. The two counterparts also discussed ways and means of strengthening cooperation between the two Organizations and their specialized institutions.
Dr. Belkeziz also met with Mr. Salim Ahmad Salim, the Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity with whom he reviewed issues of common interest to the two Organizations, as well as their international concerns. The two agreed to sign the drafted agreement between their two Organizations as soon as possible.
The causes of Al-Quds, the independence of Palestine, the future of Palestinian Israeli negotiations, and the Middle East peace process generally; as well as what is known as the Lockerbie Affair and the coordination of efforts to lift the embargo imposed on the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and on the Iraqi people, the prevention of conflicts in the African Continent and peace-building with a view to allowing a full dedication to development, were all key points of discussion between Dr. Belkeziz and Dr. Ismet Abdelmajid, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States.
Agreements were reached with both the Secretary General of the League of Arab States and the Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity to continue coordination on all these issues.
The same issues dominated the discussion between Dr. Belkeziz, Ambassador Saeed Ben Mustapha, the President of the UN Security Council, and Mr. Harry Holkry, the President of the UN General Assembly in their meeting.
In his meeting with Ms. Thurayya Abeed, the Executive Director of the UNFPA, and with Mr. Jan Kobis, the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Secretary General focused on ways and means to strengthen cooperation between the OIC and each of these two Organizations.
The Secretary General returns to Jeddah to inaugurate, on Saturday 10 February 2001, the meeting of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs.