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INDEPENDENCE TO COLONIAL COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES
RESTITUTION OF WORKS OF ART TO COUNTRIES VICTIMS OF
POLICIES OF APARTHEID OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH AFRICA
QUESTION OF CYPRUS
QUESTION OF PALESTINE
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
THIRD UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON THE LAW OF THE SEA
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECLARATION ON THE DENUCLEARIZATION
ESTABLISHMENT OF A NUCLEAR-WEAPON-FREE ZONE IN THE REGION
OF THE MIDDLE EAST
ESTABLISHMENT OF A NUCLEAR-WEAPON-FREE ZONE IN SOUTH ASIA
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECLARATION OF THE INDIAN OCEAN AS A
ZONE OF PEACE
CONCLUSION OF A TREATY ON THE COMPLETE AND GENERAL
PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR-WEAPON TESTS
GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT
ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE CHARTER OF THE
UNITED NATIONS AND ON THE STRENGTHENING OF THE ROLE
OF THE ORGANIZATION
CONSOLIDATION AND PROGRESSIVE EVOLUTION OF THE NORMS
AND PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
As the current Chairman of the Islamic Conference, I have the honour to enclose herewith the text of the final communique of the Eighth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Tripoli, Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, from 27 Jumad Al Aval to 3 Jumad Al-Thani 1397H (l6 to 22 May 1977).
Upon the request of the Secretary-General of the Islamic Conference, I should be grateful if the enclosed final communique could be circulated as a single official document of the General Assembly under items 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 51, 86, 1l6 and 121 of the preliminary list.
Charge d'affaires, a.i.
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MERCIFUL, THE COMPASSIONATE
ON THE EIGHTH ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF FOREIGN MINISTERS HELD IN TRIPOLI, SOCIALIST PEOPLE'S LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA FROM 27th JUMAD AL AWAL TO 3rd JUMAD AL-THANI 1397 (16-22 May, 1977)
1. The Eighth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers convened in Tripoli, Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, one of the glorious lands of the Islamic world, from 27th Jurnad Al Awal to 3rd Jumad Al-Thani 1397H (16 - 22 May, 1977), in accordance with the decision of the Seventh Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Istanbul, and at the invitation of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
2. The Conference was proceeded by a Preparatory Meeting of the Senior Officials of the Participating Delegations from 22nd to 25th Jumad Al Awal 1397H (1 - 14 May, 1977).
3. The following member States took part in the Conference: Republic of Afghanistan; Algerian Democratic and Popular Republic-People's Republic of Bangladesh; State of Bahrain; State of Comoro Islands; Republic of Cameroun; Republic of Chad; Republic of Gabon Republic of Gambia; Republic of Guinea; Republic of Guinea-Bissau-Republic of Indonesia; Republic of Iraq; Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; State of Kuwait; Republic of Lebanon; Socialist People's , Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Malaysia; Maldive Islands; Republic of Mali; Islamic Republic of Mauritania; Kingdom of Morocco; Republic of Niger; Sultanate of Oman; Islamic Republic of Pakistan; State of Qatar; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Republic of Senegal; Somali Democratic Republic; Syrian Arab Republic; Republic of Tunisia; Republic of Turkey; Republic of Uganda; State of United Arab Emirates; Republic of Upper Volta; Yemen Arab Republic; Yemen People's Democratic Republic; Palestine Liberation Organization.
4. The following States and Organizations attended the Conference as observers or guests:
2) INTERNATIONAL AND INTER-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:
a) United Nations (New York)
b) League of Arab States(Cairo)
c) Organization of African Unity (Addis Ababa)
3) ISLAMIC ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS:
a) Rabitah Al-Alam Al-Island
b) Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami (Mecca)
(Muslim World Congress) (Karachi)
c) Jamiat Ad-Dawah, Tripoli.
d) The Supreme Islamic Council of Egypt.
e) International Muslim Youth Organization. Riyadh.
f) Islamic Council of Europe (London)
g) World Federation of Arab-Islamic Schools. (Jeddah)
h) Moro National Liberation Front.
5. The Conference was inaugurated by H.E. Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil, Foreign Minister of Turkey, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Seventh Islamic Conference.
6. The Conference unanimously elected H.E. All Abdusselam Treiki Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Jamahiriya, as its Chairman; H.E. Shamsul Huq, Member of the President's Council of Advisers, in charge of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, and H.E. Lamine Jabang, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Gambia as Vice-chairman; H.E. Mr. Assane Sech, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal as its Rapporteur; H.E. Sukru Elekdag, Secretary General of Foreign Affairs of Turkey was elected Chairman of the Drafting Committee. H.E. Kasim Zuheyri, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference for Information and Cultural Affairs assumed the duties of Spokesman of the Conference.
7. H.E. Colonel Muammar Al Qaddafi, Leader of the First of September Revolution addressed the Conference at its inaugural session. In his address, H.E. Colonel Muammar Al Qaddafi, after welcoming the representatives of the Islamic countries and the Secretary-General, touched on the most important issues contained in the Agenda of the Conference.
"Peace and war lie in the hands of the Palestinians. We stand by them with all our means. The solution of this problem does not lie in the hands of any Leader. The right solution is for the foreigners to go back to their original countries where they came from after 1948 and for Palestinians to return to their homeland to live with the Jews who were there and to form one democratic nation".
IN THE POLITICAL SPHERE
21. The Conference carefully considered all aspects of the Middle East conflict. It noted with regret that the Zionist entity still continues to perpetuate its policies of occupation, expansion, annexation, destruction of buildings and expropriation of property as well as mass expulsions and maltreatment of Arab residents in the occupied territories. The Conference expressed great concern at the serious situation arising from Israel's persistent and continued violation of the United Nations Charter, the principles and provisions of international law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Fourth Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilians in the Time of War, which constitute an increasingly serious threat to peace and security in the Middle East. The Conference noted that prolongation of this situation could bring the world to the brink of renewed armed conflict.
The Conference hailed the struggle of the Arab people in Palestine and in the other Arab territories occupied since 1948 and 1967. It affirmed its solidarity with and support for their legitimate struggle for ending Zionist occupation, for the liberation of the occupied territories, the restoration of the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people and the defence of the Islamic Arab and spiritual status of Jerusalem. The Conference reiterated that the Palestinian cause is the core of the Middle East problem and that a just and lasting peace can be achieved only by the total and unconditional withdrawal of Israel from all the occupied Arab territories and the restitution and exercise of the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people, primarily their right of self-determination and that of establishing an independent state in Palestine. It further called on all States to extend every form of assistance to the Palestinian and Arab people in their legitimate struggle. The Conference affirmed the right of the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate separately and equally in all international peace efforts.
The Conference called on the Security Council to reconsider its position with regard to the Report and Recommendations of The Committee to Investigate the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which have been approved by the United Nations General Assembly during its thirty-first session.
The Conference reaffirmed the close links which binds Muslims to the Holy City of Jerusalem and the responsibility of the Islamic States to secure its liberation and restoration to Arab rule. The Conference called upon the member States to contribute to the enhancement of the Islamic Arab presence in the Holy City.
The Conference reiterated its conviction that the measures taken by Israel in the occupied Arab territories since 1948 and 1967 to change its physical, geographical, social, cultural, economic, religious and demographic features, including the measures of annexation and judaization, are null and void. The Conference demanded that Israel rescind all these measures and policies which flagrantly violate the Charter of the United Nations.
The Conference called upon the Security Council to assume its responsibilities as defined by the United Nations Charter towards safeguarding international peace and security. It requested the member States to work for convening of the Security Council as early as possible to take effective measures with a view to implementing the United Nations Resolutions concerning various aspects of the Middle East question. The Conference also called on all States to shoulder their responsibilities, especially to refrain from supplying Israel with any form of support and to sever all ties with her. The Conference further called on the member States to join the Arab boycott of Israel. It confirmed its Resolution adopted at the Sixth Islamic Conference held in Jeddah calling for expulsion of Israel from the United Nations and all other international organizations. The members of the Islamic Conference undertook to support and uphold the cause of the Palestinian and other Arab peoples until victory has been attained.