2000 Public Statement
 

11/14/2000
OIC's 'Doha Declaration'
At the end of their 9th Summit, the leaders of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) issued a statement to be known as the 'Doha Declaration'

Kings, Princes and Presidents of the Islamic countries concluded their Ninth Summit here on Monday evening with a strong condemnation of Israeli aggression against Palestinians. In a document called the Doha Declaration the leaders of the Islamic nations attested to a strong belief that the teachings of Islam present ideal solutions for contemporary problems facing Mankind. They considered the initiative for dialogue among civilization as representing a new framework for building a new world order based on partnership and mutual understanding. They pledged to exert efforts that will reflect the true image of Islam. They expressed determination to realize the unity of the Islamic nation through the values of the religion and the spirit of tolerance. The leaders confirmed anew their compliance with the Charter of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and their determination to maintain international peace and security on the bases of justice.


The Islamic leaders stressed solidarity with the Palestinian people and their just struggle to restore their national rights including the right to return to their country and establish their independent state with Holy Jerusalem as its capital.
They denounced Israeli rejection to comply with international resolutions that underline the Palestinians' legitimate rights to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. They called on Israel to pull out of the Golan Heights and respect the sovereignty and integrity of Lebanon.
They hailed the Palestinian struggle and the Al-Aqsa Intifada and called for international protection from Zionist aggression for the Palestinian people
The islamic leaders stressed their determination to support all causes of the Islamic nation within the spirit of resolutions endorsed by the OIC in this respect.
They condemned terrorism in all its forms and sources, but stressed the need to differentiate between terrorism on the one hand, and on the other, peoples' struggle for national liberation from foreign occupation.
The Declaration warned of dangers posed by nuclear arsenals and all weapons of mass destruction on international peace and security, particularly in the Middle East where Israel has refused to comply with treaties in this respect.
On globalization, the Islamic leaders expressed readiness to deal with this phenomenon through working plans put forward by the OIC. The Islamic leaders considered the establishment of common Islamic market a process of basic dimensions in the remote future that concerns every member state. They expressed support of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and its vital role in boosting economic and commercial cooperation among member states.
The leaders stated: "We stretch out our hands to those world leaders who work to realize peace and cooperation as two objectives which are being aspired by the OIC". The leaders called for the advancement and modification of OIC's mechanisms to translate its decisions into deeds.

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