OIC top official lauds PGMA’s commitment for peace and development

March 18, 2010 10:14 pm 

MANILA, March 18 –- A top official of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has commended the commitment of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to achieve peace and progress by hosting the first Special Non-Alignment Movement Ministerial Meeting (SNAMMM) on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace and Development.

Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the 57-nation OIC, conveyed his message through written statement read by OIC head of delegation Ambassador Hemayet Uddin on Thursday at the closing of the three-day interfaith dialogue.

”Her initiative substantiates her commitment to peace and development by bringing diverse religious faiths through dialogue towards promoting a culture of tolerance, understanding, and respect to the beliefs and cultures of different religious faiths,” Prof. Ihsanoglu said.

The OIC official reiterated the determination of the OIC to continue their efforts in order to promote and strengthen cooperation with the NAM which has a 118-member countries.

”As the second largest intergovernmental organization after the UN, the OIC is uniquely poised to support the NAM in the pursuit of the common objectives of peace, stability, security and development,” Ihsanoglu said.

”The presence of the OIC delegation at this Special Meeting is therefore, a clear testimony of our commitment to collaborate closely with the NAM. I’m confident that the existing cooperation will grow from strength to strength in the days ahead,” he added.

As part of the OIC’s 10-year program of action, Ihsanoglu said the OIC will continue to devote its resources and efforts to peace and development and counter extremism and intolerance that seeks destabilization.

”We are currently leading a massive effort, a leap forward to disseminate messages of modernization and moderation in the Muslim world as well as dialogue with other faiths, cultures and civilizations as means of enhancing peaceful coexistence and reinforcing the foundations of global peace and security,” he said.

Through his statement, Ihsanoglu informed the SNAMMM delegates that the OIC, the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front have already started reviewing the implementation of the 1996 Final Peace agreement.

”I hope this process will end with great success,” he said.

The OIC official also welcomed the resumption of the peace negotiations between the RP government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

”We hope that it will lead to positive results that would bring development and peaceful environment among followers of different faiths and nations,” Ihsanoglu said. (PNA) V3/vcs/jfm

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