27 September 2013
Statement by H. E. Mr. Ale Habib Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran
At the Annual Coordination Meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers
New York, 27 September 2013
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
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Ladies and Gentlemen,
Allow me at the beginning to express my gratitude for convening this important meeting. This gathering provides us with a fresh opportunity in our stride towards achieving the ideals and purposes of our Organization and promoting our solidarity and cohesiveness on issues and challenges of collective concern and interest.
Since this is the last time we are having the honour of presence of H.E. Mr. Ehsan Oghlou with us, let e to express the appreciation and gratitude of my delegation for his dedication to the goals of the OIC and all the great work that has been accomplished to the benefit of Islamic Ummah during his term of holding the office of Secretary General and wish him all the best and success for future positions.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to the noble objectives of the OIC and continues to support the activities that are directed towards promoting cooperation among Member States and enhancing its role and visibility in international affairs.
Today, the OIC has turned to an organization with quite diversified range of organs, institutions and offices, involved in addressing various aspects of its agenda, sometimes in a competing manner. To avoid duplication and make efficient use of existing resources, more synergy and partnership among these entities should be developed and promoted.
We are meeting at a time when the Middle East faces a grave crisis. In Syria, the conflict has had a devastating impact on its infrastructure, and there is a growing concern that operations by extremist groups will pose further threat to the regional security and stability.
Islamic Republic of Iran as a victim of chemical weapons strongly condemns the use of such weapons by anyone at any place. The Syrian government has assured us that it has never used such inhumane weapons and would cooperate to put them under international supervision.
The situation of Muslim minority in Rohingya is very alarming on humanitarian ground. We support the efforts of OIC Contact Group and look forward to a visit by the Group to Myanmar as well as the debate at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. We need to send a clear message to Myanmar authorities that they need to act responsible vis-à-vis the situation of Muslim minority in that country.
We are concerned about the warmongering actions in the region and advise all parties to observe international law and refrain from unilateral actions in this case. The problems facing Syria should be resolved only through a political process. I hereby emphasize that channeling weapons to Syria will only bring further bloodshed and threaten the security of other countries in the region.
The new developments in the Middle East shall not divert our attention from the OIC main cause. In spite of all efforts made in support of the Palestinian nation, they are still living under the most severe pressures and suffer from atrocities of the Zionist regime. It is imperative for the international community to consolidate its efforts for resolution of this crisis consistent with the inherent rights of the Palestinians. The OIC, in particular, shall stand in the forefront and employ all it has in its capacity to support Palestinians and their inalienable rights.
Furthermore, the existence of nuclear weapons in the hands of the Zionist regime of Israel continues to pose the gravest threat to the stability and security of the NPT States parties in the Middle East and has called into question the role and the future of the NPT in the region. We urge the co-sponsors of the 1995 Middle East Resolution and the UN Secretary General to expedite the implementation of their responsibilities assigned to them by the 2010 NPT Review Conference and convene the Conference on the establishment of nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East and all other weapons of mass destruction without any further delay in order to avoid any negative repercussions on the credibility of the NPT and its 2015 review process.
We firmly believe that the strength of the Islamic Ummah lays in unity. The global and regional challenges facing the Muslim World need our collective response. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation can play a pivotal role in promoting Islamic solidarity in accordance with the principles and objectives enshrined in its Charter. The OIC has a lot to offer for fulfillment of the hopes and aspirations of the Islamic Ummah. It is only through cooperation and solidarity, that our common goals and ideals may be realized.