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11 August 1989
Item 22 of the provisional agenda*
COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS
AND THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE
Report of the Secretary-General
II. CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED NATIONS
AND THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE AND
REPRESENTATIONS AT MEETINGS
4. On 29 September 1988, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference held their annual co-ordination meeting at United Nations Headquarters to review items on the agenda of the forty-third session of the General Assembly, particularly those which were of great concern and interest to OIC. In response to an invitation from the Chairman, the Secretary-General designated the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Questions, Regional Co-operation, Decolonization and Trusteeship to attend the meeting on his behalf.
5. The meeting undertook an examination of the current international situation dealing, in particular, with issues concerning the Middle East and the question of Palestine, Afghanistan, the conflict between Iran and Iraq, South Africa and Namibia. The meeting reiterated the adherence of OIC to the holding of an International Peace Conference on the Middle East in conformity with the provisions of General Assembly resolution 38/58 C of 13 December 1983. ...
IV. CO-OPERATION IN THE POLITICAL FIELD
Political and security-related matters
47. The Eighteenth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers reaffirmed earlier decisions and undertook new initiatives with regard to various aspects of the situation in the Middle East, in particular the Palestinian question, the Iran-Iraq war, the situation in Afghanistan, as well as other political issues of concern to OIC members with which the United Nations is also currently seized, namely, support for the International Peace Conference on the Middle East under the auspices of the United Nations.
48. The Conference declared its recognition of the independent Palestinian State and reiterated the need for a speedy convening of the International Peace Conference on the Middle East under the auspices of the United Nations. ...
54. During the period under review, the Security Council co-operated with the Organization of the Islamic Conference, in response to the latter's request to the Council to address several items under consideration, such as the situation on the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem, and all issues relating to the Islamic world.
V. CO-OPERATION IN THE FIELD OF ECONOMIC, SOCIAL
AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
in the Near East
80. UNRWA has maintained period contacts with the OIC secretariat. During visits to Jeddah in March 1987 and November 1988, meetings were held between senior UNRWA officials and the Under-Secretary-General of OIC for Palestine and Al Quds and other OIC secretariat staff.
81. The Commissioner-General of UNRWA plans to call on the Secretary-General of OIC at the first opportunity he has to visit Saudi Arabia. OIC is kept informed about UNRWA activities and programmes through public information and other materials regularly sent to Jeddah.
82. An agreement was concluded in July 1988 between IsDB and UNRWA whereby the Agency would purchase and distribute food commodities in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip with a $1.0 million contribution by the Bank. Thus, a satisfactory working relationship has been established with every indication that it will continue and strengthen in the future.