Islamic Summit Conference Denounces Aggressions against the Kingdom's Missions Tehran, Mashhad 4

Friday 1437/7/8 - 2016/04/15
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15. The Conference reiterated the need to compel Israel to comply forthwith with the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Times of War dated 12 August 1949 and to apply those provisions to Syrian detainees in the occupied Golan. It also called for Israel’s release of all Syrian detainees who are natives of the occupied Golan, some of whom have been detained for more than 25 years.
16. The Conference reiterated its principled position on condemnation of the aggression of the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan, reaffirmed that acquisition of territory by use of force is inadmissible under the Charter of the United Nations and international law, and urged for strict implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 822 (1993), 853 (1993), 874 (1993) and 884 (1993) and for immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia from the Nagorno-Karabakh region and other occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Conference called for the resolution of the conflict on the basis of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally-recognized borders of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Conference also expressed its grave concern by the continuing arms supply to the aggressor, unlawful actions aimed at changing the demographic, cultural and physical character of the occupied territories, including by destruction and misappropriation of cultural heritage and sacred sites, illegal economic and other activities and interference with the public and private property rights in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan. In that regard, the Conference urged Member States to take effective measures, including through national legislation, that would prevent any arms supply to the aggressor from or via their territories, any activities by any natural and legal persons operating on their territories against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, including the participation in or facilitation any unlawful activity in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan, as well as any action which would help maintain the occupation. The Conference reaffirmed its principled support for the efforts of the Republic of Azerbaijan, including within the UN General Assembly, aimed at restoring its territorial integrity and sovereignty.
17. The Conference condemned in the strongest terms the continuous attacks carried out by the Armenian armed forces in the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan as a result of which civilian population suffered, mosques have been attacked, praying people died and social and economic infrastructure have been destroyed. The Conference supported Azerbaijan’s efforts in defeating these attacks and defending its peaceful population. The Conference stressed the necessity to further increase pressure on Armenia by political, economic and other coercive means in order to bring the aggressor in compliance with the OIC demands and decisions. The Conference decided to establish a Contact Group on the aggression of the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan within the OIC at the level of Foreign Ministers and to convene its first meeting on the margins of Istanbul Summit.
18. The Conference reaffirmed its strong support for the Afghan National Unity Government established following the Presidential elections in 2014, and urged the OIC Member States and the international community to continue their assistance and support to the people and Government of Afghanistan in their efforts to fight terrorism, counter the drug trafficking, achieve security, stability, as well as comprehensive and sustainable development.
19. The Conference welcomed and supported Afghan-led and Afghan-owned Peace and Reconciliation efforts for reaching lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region. The Conference further supported the efforts and initiatives of the Secretary General including the convening of an International Ulema Conference in order for the OIC to assume a more active role in national reconciliation process as well as in helping restoration of peace and security in Afghanistan.
20. The Conference also reiterated the importance of enhanced regional cooperation for ensuring sustained peace and stability in Afghanistan and beyond and in this context commend the progress made by the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process since its inception, which proved to be a useful platform to address the challenges which Afghanistan and the region face, with a spirit of responsibility and ownership. The Conference welcomed in this regard the establishment in January 2016 of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States of America on the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned Peace and Reconciliation Process with a view to achieving lasting peace and security in Afghanistan and the region.
21. The Conference reaffirmed its principled support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the realization of their legitimate right to self-determination, in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It further reaffirmed that Jammu and Kashmir is the core dispute between Pakistan and India and its resolution is indispensable for bringing peace in South Asia.

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