Nouakchott (UNA-OIC) – During the meeting of the “Committee of Six on Palestine”, held on March 17, 2023 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, H.E. Mr. Hissein Brahim Taha, stressed the OIC’s unwavering position with regard tothe Cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif. He called for joining efforts and building on the positions of countries adhering to the values of justice and the principles of international law. He highlighted the needfor Member States to present written and oral statements and provide financial contributions in order to support the rights of the Palestinian people and end the Israeli colonial occupation, being illegal and illegitimate under international law and the resolutions of international legitimacy.
For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine, H.E. Dr. Riad Malki, delivered a statement in which he highlighted the grave situation in the occupied Palestinian territories as a result of the escalation of Israeli crimes, attacks and violations against the Palestinian people, their land, and their sanctities.
The OIC Committee of Six on Palestine, which met on the sidelines of the 49th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC Member States in Nouakchott, Mauritania, came out with significant recommendations. The Committee welcomed the UNGA’s adoption, at its 77th session, of a resolution requesting an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the nature of the Israeli colonial occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, including the city of Al-Quds, and the legal implications of this situation for all countries and for the United Nations. The Committee also called on the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to exert all efforts to ensure that Israel, the occupying power, fully complies with the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Al-Quds Al-Sharif. This is in addition to supporting Palestinian efforts on the international arena toward achieving justice, providing international protection for the Palestinian people andasserting their legitimate rights, holding the Israeli occupation accountable for its persistent crimes and violations, and launching a political process, under multilateral international auspices, conducive to ending the Israeli occupation and realizing the establishment of the independent State of Palestine on the 1967 borders,with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
The members of the Committee of Six on Palestine include Pakistan, Senegal, Guinea, the State of Palestine, Malaysia, and the OIC General Secretariat.