2000 Public Statement

Communiqué of 9th OIC Summit in Doha

The Ninth Islamic Summit, hosted in Doha by the State of Qatar, has underscored the importance of working towards halting Israeli settlements and other practices, and called on the [United Nations] Security Council to form an international investigation committee to verify the facts pertaining to the atrocities committed by Israel against the Palestinian people. The conference also called on the countries that have established relations with Israel or taken steps in this direction to cease them and to sever these relations.

In this connection, the Islamic Summit called on the international community to recognize the State of Palestine and the Holy City of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital as soon as it has been announced in the Palestinian territories, and to provide all kinds of support to it to constitute its sovereignty on the Palestinian land. The conference rejected any attempt to downgrade the sovereignty of Palestine over the Holy City of Al-Quds.
The conference praised the steadfastness of the Arab Syrian Citizens in the Golan Heights in confronting Israeli occupation, and the steadfastness of the Lebanese government, people and resistance.
The meeting appealed to the international community and the UN Security Council to put pressure on Israel to comply with the UN resolutions, and join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
The conference emphasized its adherence to a fair and comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on the implementation by Israel of the relevant UN resolutions, particularly Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.
On Afghanistan, the conference confirmed anew the impossibility of solving the Afghani problem militarily and urged all parities of the conflict to halt fighting and cooperate to establish a multi-ethnic broad-based elected government.
On Bosnia-Herzegovina, the conference underscored the importance of economic recovery and underlined its role in the enhancement of peace and stability there.
Regarding Kosovo, the conference appealed to the United Nations to defend the right of the Kosovars to self-determination and protection of their cultural legacy and Islamic identity, and confirmed the right of return for all refugees of the enclave.
The conference assigned Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani as Chairman of the Conference, to use his good offices with Iraq and Iran to create the appropriate environment to solve the existing differences between the two Islamic countries according to the principles and objective of the United Nations and the resolutions of the Security Council as well as the principles and goals of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
The conference stressed the importance of respecting the security of the State of Kuwait and called on Iraq to take the necessary steps to demonstrate its peaceful intentions towards Kuwait, while underscoring the importance of respecting Iraq's sovereignty, regional integrity, political independence, and security, calling for the cessation of illegal actions executed outside the framework of the relevant UN security council resolutions. In this respect, the conference called for prompt solution to the problem of prisoners of war and missing persons, both Kuwaiti and nationals of other countries, in collaboration with the International Committee of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The conference also called on Iraq to proceed with the implementation of the commitments stated in the Security Council resolutions, and urged that Iraq and the Security Council enter into a comprehensive dialogue to that end in a fair and comprehensive way, leading to the lift of sanctions imposed on Iraq: the conference confirmed that nothing could prevent operational air flights to and from Iraq.
On Somalia, the Islamic Summit confirmed support for the efforts being exerted by Somali President Abdi Gasim Salat Hassan to realize peace and national unity in his country and called on all Somali factions to reject war and respond to the call of peace.
As for Chechnya, the Summit called on the government of the Russian Federation to go ahead with negotiations with the representatives of the Chechen people as soon as possible with the aim of realizing a political solution to the situation in Chechnya taking into consideration the appropriate international charters regarding human rights.
Concerning the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir, the conference confirmed its support of the right of self-determination for the people of Kashmir and called for appointing a special representative to the Secretary-General of the OIC, and for sending an OIC fact-finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir.
The conference expressed anew its solidarity with Libya in its right to demand reparation for losses inflicted on it by the U.S. aggression in 1986.  The joint communiqué said the conference had reviewed the Lockerbie case and confirmed its support for Libya, welcoming endeavors aimed at reaching a just settlement in this issue.
The conference also expressed solidarity with Iran and with Libya against the so-called Damato Law, and rejected any unilateral measures against any country.
Regarding the economic situation in Africa, the conference praised the efforts exerted by the countries of that continent to guarantee economic enhancement, and, expressing solidarity with the coastal countries, called for the help for the Republic of Mali to guarantee the return of refugees and demanded the provision of mechanical assistance for the Republics of Niger and Guinea.
The conference also confirmed solidarity with Sudan in facing hostile plots and defending its stability. and the integrity and unity of its territories. The conference appealed to the United States to lift economic sanctions against Sudan.
The summit confirmed its complete desire for the unity of the Federal Islamic Republic of the Comores, expressing support for the efforts of its government to realize peace and national unity.
The conference confirmed the position of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in calling for the creation of a world free from weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, and called on all nations to join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The conference urged all nations, particularly members of the nuclear group, to mount pressure on Israel to join the treaty, and called for halting the production and circulation of anti-personnel land mines.
The conference called on the OIC member states to adopt the call launched by the President of Tunisia to establish an international fund for solidarity and the fight against poverty and welcomed the initiative of the State of Qatar to establish a fund for external development with a capital of $200 million as a contribution to raising the standard of living in the least developed Islamic countries.
The conference also expressed concern at the increase of the global phenomenon of refugees, particularly in the Islamic world, and called for coordination of efforts to tackle the reasons behind this phenomenon while redoubling assistance extended to countries that are hosting refugees.
On the challenges of globalization, the conference called for the formation of a consistent Islamic entity to confront international trade competition resulting from globalization and urged the member states to develop the techniques of contact and data technology to protect their cultural and social heritage.
As for the protection of minority groups and the rights of Islamic communities, the conference requested the OIC Secretariat-General to make contacts with the governments of those countries in which there are Muslim communities and minorities, in order to learn about their problems and requirements and explore the views of those host countries on ways of devising a formula for cooperation with the OIC to improve the situation of these communities.
The conference expressed support for the convening of an international conference under the auspices of the United Nations to identify terrorism and differentiate it from peoples' struggle for national liberation.
As for economic affairs, the conference issued a number of recommendations calling for the enhancement of economic and commercial cooperation among the member countries, demanding that those member states that have yet to sign the various agreements and systems concluded within the framework of the OIC to do so as soon as possible.