By H.E. DR. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
At the Annual Coordination Meeting (ACM) of
the OIC Foreign Ministers
New York, 23 September 2011
Your Excellency, Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan,
Your Royal Highness and Excellencies Ministers,
Excellency Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the OIC,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Assalamualaikum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakatuh
First, let me extend my felicitations to you, Mr. Chairman, on your election to preside over this meeting.
Indonesia is confident that under Kazakhstan’s leadership, the OIC will effectively address challenges confronting the Ummah,
We thank the Secretary-General for raising the profile of the OIC, and the General Secretariat for supporting our work.
When we met at the 38th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC in Astana last June, we deliberated on key issues like the promotion of peace and security; socioeconomic development; democracy, human rights and good governance. Indonesia is committed to all resolutions and decisions adopted at that meeting.
Today, I wish to highlight some priorities issues of the OIC that are relevant to the agenda of the United Nations this year.
First is the issue that is close to our hearts: Palestine.
Indonesia strongly supports its quest for full membership in the UN.
At the NAM Ministerial meeting in Bali last May, the Movement committed itself to supporting the independence of the State of Palestine.
The OIC has taken the same position.
We should put all our influence to bear on the rest of the international community that has yet to recognize the State of Palestine. They should do so without delay. For justice delayed is justice denied.
The OIC could and should play a determining role in sending a strong signal of unity and solidarity with the Palestinian people who have long wished for an independent country in their homeland. We should work together and in concert in the remaining time before action is taken.
We underline that the application of UN membership should serve as a catalyst for the continuation of the stalled peace process. The peace process that would lead to a final solution in the Middle East with the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State living in peace with its neighbors.
The second issue is Islamophobia and the constructed negative image of Islam.
Born of prejudice, this negative image of Islam undermines interdenominational relations.
We in the OIC must work hard to erase false images of Islam from the minds of people everywhere.
The work of the OIC Islamophobia Observatory—daily monitoring Islamophobic actions and incidents—is therefore vital. It helps us understand the scale and substance of the issue and find ways to address it.
It also helps that the UNGA has adopted the OIC-sponsored resolution on “Combating Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping and Stigmatization of, and Discrimination, Incitement to Violence, and Violence Against Persons Based on Religion or Belief”.
We have adopted a strategy to combat Islamophobia, but we not mistake the plan for the achievement. We must diligently implement this strategy.
And thus achieve global recognition of Islam as a religion of peace and compassion.
That means we have to actively promote interfaith dialogue.
That is the third basic issue of common concern to the ummah.
Indonesia has vigorously supported interfaith dialogue at the national, regional and international levels.
We see to it that this must not be just a government effort. It must emanate from the community. The government’s role is to ensure that all stakeholders are involved.
One important dialogue is the UN-sponsored Alliance of Civilizations. That is why Indonesia is keenly participating in the work of the Alliance.
The fourth basic issue is the promotion of human rights.
A watershed in the history of the OIC was the establishment, in Astana, of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission.
I now reiterate Indonesia’s offer to host the first meeting of the IPHRC.
Finally,Indonesia welcomes the initiative that streamlined the Final Communiqué of this meeting. It is now more focused and more action-oriented. We thank the Chair and the members of the experts group for their valuable contributions to the preparation of this important document.
I thank you
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