//33rd Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers adopts Baku Decleration

33rd Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers adopts Baku Decleration

21 Jun. 2006 16:46, Azeri Press Information Agency

The 33rd Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (June 19-21) in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, was over today (APA). The session adopted 27-item Baku Deceleration:

“The challenges facing the humanity in the 21st century, in particular recent threats confronting Islam compel us to further unite around our values and to display solidarity, and we reiterate our devotion to the noble ideas of humanism, racial and religious tolerance.

We support the continuation of reforms in the economic, social and cultural areas, as well as in the spheres of democratization, transparency and strengthening the role of civil society in the OIC member states and consider it important to protect cultural, religious and racial diversity. The diversity must not be a source of conflict but rather a source of mutual enrichment and dialogue among religions and civilizations.

We strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, express deep sympathy with and support for the countries that feel victims to terrorist attacks, and denounce as groundless any attempts to link terrorism with any religion, culture ands people as this global scourge does not have any religious or national affiliation,” the declaration reads.

It was also stated in the document that current new global threats and challenges demand strengthening of international cooperation.

"In this connection, in order to jointly fight against international terrorism, transnational crimes, illicit weapons and drug trafficking and illegal migration in a more active way we propose to establish the Conference of Heads of Law-Enforcement Agencies of OIC member states and welcome the offer of Azerbaijan to host the first meeting at the level of experts in Baku,” the Declaration continues.

It is also stated in the Declaration that regarding the cooperation programmes on exploitation and transportation of energy resources of the OIC member states as an essential factor in the social and economic development of the OIC states, it welcomes the commissioning of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline which has taken place on the eve of the session, as a result of the strategic cooperation in the region, and look forward to speedy completion of the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum gas pipeline.

"We also note the importance of inter-regional transport corridors, including the restoration of the Great Silk Road, which runs through the OIC member states, and the East-West and North-South transport corridors projects. We also welcome other regional initiatives, including transportation of energy resources between Iran and Kazakhstan, gas pipelines projects involving Afghanistan, India, Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.

We welcome the establishment of the OIC Group in Vienna with the purpose to discus issues of common interest for the OIC member states. For the improvement of the process of political consultations and decision making mechanisms in the OIC we consider it expedient to establish permanent missions of the members states to the OIC Headquarters.

We once again bring to the attention of international community our demands for speedy peaceful settlement of the Arab-Israel conflict which is a principal objective of our Organization.We once again strongly condemn the aggression of the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan and urge immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal pf Armenian occupying forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. We consider the illegal transfer of Armenian population into the occupied Azerbaijani territories, illegal economic activities and exploitation of natural resources in the occupied territories detrimental to the peace process. We condemn the continued destruction of Azerbaijani cultural and historical monuments and demand from Armenia to compensate Azerbaijan in accordance with international law for the material damage inflicted by Armenia. We express our deep concern over recent massive fires in the occupied territories and demand the occupying forces to take urgent measures to prevent ecological disaster. We appeal to international community to undertake all necessary measures for the peaceful resolution of the conflict. We urge the OIC member states to support Azerbaijan on the issue of full restoration of its territorial integrity and sovereignty,” the Declaration reads.

It is also stated that the OIC member states support the process of settlement of the Cyprus problem and reaffirm their solidarity with Muslim brothers and sisters in Northern Cyprus.“We appeal to international community, including the OIC member states to make all necessary efforts to put an end to isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and to build cooperation in economic, cultural, scientific, technological and other fields,” the document continues.

It was also decided at the session to hold the 34th session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad, Pakistan./APA/



India rejects OIC’s reference to Jammu and Kashmir

Friday, June 23rd, 2006, IndiaEnews.COM

New Delhi – India once again rejected the Organisation of Islamic Conference’s remarks on Jammu and Kashmir and asserted the group has no ‘locus standi’ to comment on the country’s internal affairs.

‘We regret that the OIC has once again chosen to comment upon Jammu and Kashmir at the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan,’ said external affairs ministry spokesperson Navtej Sarna in a statement.

‘Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the OIC has no locus standi in matters concerning India’s internal affairs. We reject all such references.’

The OIC, an inter-governmental organisation with a permanent delegation to the United Nations, groups 57 Islamic nations in the Middle East, North and West Africa, Central Asia, southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent and South America.

The OIC’s contact group on Jammu and Kashmir early this week called for an early resolution of the Kashmir ‘dispute’ and urged India to allow visit of its special representative to what it called ‘occupied Kashmir.’

The 33rd session of OIC’s foreign ministers meeting adopted a resolution on Kashmir, expressing concern over stepped-up human rights violations in India-administered Kashmir.

New Delhi has denied rights violations and pointed out rights abuses and lack of democracy and self-governance in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The group’s adverse remarks on human rights violations in India-administered Kashmir are an annual feature and are invariably rejected by India.