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REPORT OF & RESOLUTIONS  ON POLITICAL, MUSLIM MINORITIES AND COMMUNITIES, LEGAL AND
INFORMATION AFFAIRS

 

OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH  SESSION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF FOREIGN MINISTERS


(SESSION FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE PEOPLES OF THE ISLAMIC UMMAH)

DOHA, STATE OF QATAR
17-19 DHUL QAADAH 1418H (15-17 MARCH, 1998)  

RESOLUTION NO.47/25-P.
ON QUESTION OF MUSLIMS IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES

 

The Twenty-fifth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session for a better future for the Peoples of the Islamic Ummah), held in Doha, State of Qatar from 17-19 Dhul Quida 1418H ( 15-17 March, 1998),

 

Bearing in mind the previous resolutions of the OIC and the recommendations of the Six-member Committee on the question of Muslims in Southern Philippines;

 

Recalling the Tripoli Agreement signed on 23 December 1976, under the auspices of the OIC, between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front which the signatory parties agreed to consider as the basis for a political, permanent, just and comprehensive solution to the question of Southern Philippines within the framework of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines;

Also recalling  that in accordance with the 2 Memoranda of Understanding by which the Government of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front concluded two rounds of preliminary talks, held in Tripoli, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya on 3-4 October, 1992 and in Cipanas, Western Java, Republic of Indonesia on 14-16 April, 1993, the two parties agreed to conduct official peace negotiations for the full implementation in letter and spirit of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement;

Further recalling the  results of the four rounds of formal peace talks held in Jakarta between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front;   

Commending the agreement reached by the participants in the Fourth Round of Formal Peace Talks to reaffirm all the  points of agreement in the 1994, 1995 and 1996 Interim Agreements  and to include them in the Final Agreement provided for in the 1976 Tripoli Agreement,

1.        Welcomes the "Peace Agreement" between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front initialed on 30 August 1996 in Jakarta and officially signed on 2 September 1996 in Manila.

2.        Appreciates the important steps already taken to fully implement the Agreement and calls on both the GRP and the MNLF to preserve the gains achieved as a result of the signing of the "Peace Agreement".

3.        Pays tribute to the leadership of the Moro National Liberation Front under the Chairmanship of Professor Nur Misuari, as the sole legitimate representative of Muslims in Southern Philippines ("Bangsamoro people"), for their courage, political vision and wisdom which paved the way for the ultimate achievement of a political, just, comprehensive, and final solution to the question of Muslims in Southern Philippines.

4. Pays tribute to the role of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines under the wise leadership of His Excellency President Fidel Ramos which led to the establishment of the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development and, consequently, to the achievement of the peaceful, durable, comprehensive and just settlement of the problem of Southern Philippines.

5. Pays tribute to the role of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, under the sagacious leadership of His Excellency President Soeharto, in facilitating the peace process culminating in the signing of the Final Peace Agreement on 2 September 1996.

6. Also pays tribute to the role of the Government of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, under the wise leadership of His Excellency Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, in achieving the Tripoli Agreement of 1976 and in hosting the first exploratory talks in Tripoli from 3 to 4 October, 1992.

7. Expresses satisfaction for the efforts exerted by the Ministerial Committee of Six, under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Mr. Ali Alatas, the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, and the membership of the Libyan Jamahiriya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Senegal, People's Republic of Bangladesh and the Republic of Somalia as well as the efforts exerted by the OIC Secretary General, to find a political, just, comprehensive, honourable and final solution to the problem of Muslims in Southern Philippines.

8. Expresses satisfaction for the positive contribution of the OIC Observer Team manned by Indonesian officers in maintaining the ceasefire and thereby creating conducive atmosphere for the attainment of the Peace Agreement and their role in the implementation phase of the Agreement.

9. Urges the Member States, the OIC subsidiary organs, specialised and affiliated institutions, including the Islamic Development Bank, to increase their economic, financial, technical and material assistance for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Southern Philippines through the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and/or the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD) under the leadership of the MNLF.

10.      Decides to maintain the status and the participation of the MNLF in the  activities of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in its capacity as the sole legitimate representative of the Bangsamoro people in Southern Philippines aimed at improving their conditions in accordance with the Peace Agreement.

11. Requests the Ministerial Committee of the Six and the OIC Secretary General to continue extending assistance as appropriate for the full implementation of the Peace Agreement during the transitional period pending the establishment of the regular autonomous region in Southern Philippines.

12. Urges the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front to take the necessary steps for the implementation of the peace agreement so as to ensure an auspicious environment for development and stability in Southern Philippines.

13.      Urges the Member States to contribute to mobilize a broad international support to both parties of the Peace Agreement aimed at enabling them to achieve peace, development and prosperity in the Southern Philippines.

14. Requests the Secretary General to follow up the full implementation of the  "Peace Agreement" and to submit a report thereon to the Twenty-sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.

 

 

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