The foreign ministers of the member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) have condemned the savage terrorist acts perpetrated against the United States, emphasizing that these terrorist acts are in direct contravention of the teachings of the divine religions and of all moral and human values. They also stressed the need to track down and bring to justice the perpetrators of these acts in light of the results of investigations.
The final communiqué, distributed today at the end of the Ninth Extraordinary Session of the OIC foreign ministers in Doha, Qatar, expressed concern over the possibility that combating terrorism might lead to the killing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan.
The conference also opposed the targeting of any Islamic or Arab country under the pretext of combating terrorism.
The communiqué emphasized that international moves to establish security and peace in a world free of terrorism and injustice must include achieving peace and justice for the Palestinian people, and the establishment of their independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital. The conference demanded that the international community shoulder its responsibilities toward the state terrorism perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people, and warned Israel against the grave consequences of using these events as an excuse to continue its aggression.
The final communiqué emphasized the necessity of maintaining the territorial integrity and Islamic identity of Afghanistan.
The communiqué welcomed the proposal by Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar and chairman of the conference, to establish a fund to help the Afghani people, and his donation of ten million dollars to the fund. The conference also welcomed the United Arab Emirates' donation to the fund of three million dollars and Oman's of one million dollars, and urged all other member countries to contribute to this humanitarian project.
The conference emphasized the need for an international conference under the auspices of the United Nations to define terrorism and draw up an international plan of action to combat it without infringing the sovereignty of member countries and in accordance with international law.
The conference rejected the confusion of terrorism with the right of Islamic and Arab peoples, including the Palestinians and the Lebanese, to self-determination, self-defense, sovereignty and resistance to Israeli or any foreign occupation and aggression. These are legitimate rights guaranteed by the United Nations Charter and by international law.
The conference expressed the readiness of the OIC countries to actively take part in combating international terrorism within a framework of a collective international effort under the umbrella of the United Nations. The phenomenon of terrorism, in its all forms, must however be defined impartially, its causes addressed, and its roots eradicated.
The communiqué reiterated that the recent heinous terrorist acts are in contravention of the message of the divine religion of Islam, which opposes evil and aggression and calls for peace, tolerance and respect among peoples. The conference rejected any attempt to falsely establish a link between Islam and terrorist acts, stressing the need for exerting joint efforts to enhance dialogue and extend contacts between the Muslim world and the West.
In this regard, the conference welcomed the stance taken by the United States of America and by other countries that have urged their people to refrain from abusing citizens of Arab or Muslim origin. It called on the international community to take the required measures to protect the rights of innocent civilians and not to abuse them while taking preventive measures against the phenomenon of terrorism.
The conference demanded that the UN Security Council, the European Union, and the co-sponsors of the peace process in the Middle East (USA and the Russian Federation) exert their utmost active efforts to lift the siege against the Palestinian people, stop Israel's brutal practices, provide protection for the Palestinians and end Israeli occupation of all Palestinian and Arab territories taken in 1967.
The conference welcomed the statement of U.S. President George W. Bush on the right of the Palestinians to set up their own state, describing it as a positive development compatible with the resolutions of the United Nations, and expressed the hope that the United States will soon act and take practical steps to achieve this end.