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   RESOLUTIONS ON POLITICAL,
   MUSLIM MINORITIES &
   COMMUNITIES, LEGAL AND
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ADOPTED BY THE NINTH SESSION OF THE ISLAMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE

SESSION OF PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT "AL AQSA INTIFADA"

 

DOHA, STATE OF QATAR

16-17 SHABAAN 1421H

12-13 NOVEMBER 2000

RESOLUTION NO. 56/9-P (IS)

ON QUESTION OF MUSLIMS IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES

 

The Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, Session of Peace and Development "Al Aqsa Intifada" held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 16 to 17 Shabaan 1421H (12-13 November, 2000),

 

Bearing in mind the previous resolutions of the OIC and the recommendations of the Ministerial Committee of Six 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 permanent, just and comprehensive political solution to the question of Muslims in 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 two Memoranda of Understanding with which the Government of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front concluded two rounds of preliminary talks, held successively 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 of the letter and spirit of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement;

 

Further recalling the results of the four rounds of formal peace talks held in Jakarta, Indonesia, 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;

 

Recalling that the report of the meeting of the Ministerial Committee of Six, held on the fringe of the Twenty-Seventh ICFM in Kuala Lumpur on 28 June 2000, recommended in para 6. (item a) to commission a fact finding mission emanating from the Ministerial Committee of Six to evaluate and assess the current situation in Southern Philippines;

 

Having considered the report of the fact finding mission referred to in Document No. IS/9-2000/SMCP/REP.1;

 

1. Welcomes the new membership of Brunei Darussalam in the Committee of Six on the Question of Muslims in Southern Philippines.

 

2. 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.

 

3. Calls on both the Government of the Republic of Philippines and the MNLF to preserve the gains achieved as a result of the signing of the "Peace Agreement".

 

4. Pays tribute to the Government of the Republic of Philippines for receiving the fact finding mission and facilitating its task of evaluating the current situation in Southern Philippines.

 

5. Pays tribute to the Moro National Liberation Front, the sole legitimate representative of Muslims in Southern Philippines ("Bangsamoro people"), for facilitating the task of the fact-finding mission.

 

6. 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 preliminary talks in Tripoli from 3 to 4 October, 1992.

 

7. Also pays tribute to the role of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia in facilitating the peace process culminating in the signing of the Final Peace Agreement on 2 September 1996 and expresses satisfaction for the efforts of the Ministerial Committee of Six in this regard..

 

8. Commissions the Chairman of the Committee of Seven to make the necessary contacts with the GRP and the MNLF during a period not later than the end of the first quarter of 2001 with a view to defining a time-table for the implementation of all the provisions of the 1996 Peace Agreement.

 

9. Urges Member States and 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 the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD) under the auspices of the MNLF.

 

10. Decides to maintain the observer 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 with a view to improving their conditions in accordance with the Peace Agreement.

 

11. Urges the Government of the Republic of Philippines and MILF to promptly put an end to armed hostilities and to pursue peace talks toward finding a peaceful resolution to the existing problem in Mindanao.

 

12. Requests the Ministerial Committee of Seven 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.

 

13. Appeals to all Islamic charitable organiaztions in OIC member states, as well as others, to extend medical and other humanitarian assistance to the displaced people who are the victims of violence in Mindanao and its islands.

 

14. Urges the Member States to contribute to mobilizing broad international support to both parties of the Peace Agreement to enable them to achieve peace, development and prosperity in Southern Philippines.

 

15. Requests the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of this resolution and to submit a report thereon to the Tenth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.

 

 

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