Ministers agree to review the OIC Charter

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Ministers of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Tuesday reached an agreement to review the OIC charter, official sources said. “We have just reached a consensus on the OIC charter,” the Senegalese minister of foreign affairs, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, told a joint-news conference he held with the OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. “We came out of the meeting very optimistic and we have 99.99 per cent of chances to adopt a new OIC charter,” Mr. Gadio said, describing the decision as a “historic watershed”. He said the consensus was reached on issues such as membership, observer status, self-determination, the modernisation of OIC institutions, the role of the Secretary General and the role of the OIC Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREP). Gadio said “Apart from these, an agreement in principle was reached on the decision-making mode at the level of the OIC which was so far consensus-based.” He added “The values of moderation, tolerance and solidarity between member countries that characterised Islam will be taken care of in a new charter.” The Senegalese minister said other major decisions taken by the preparatory meet ing of the OIC ministers of foreign affairs included the reduction of African debts by the Organisation’s donor countries. The current OIC charter was adopted in 1972. Panapress.

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