On the 19th September 2016, the OIC Contact Groups on Palestine, Jammu and Kashmir, Sierra Leone and the Aggression of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan were held at Ministerial level on the sideline of the Annual Coordination Meeting (ACM) of OIC Foreign Ministers in New York. The separate meetings reviewed the prevailing developments on the respective issues and reaffirmed their full solidarity with Palestine, Jammu and Kashmir, Sierra Leone and Azerbaijan.
On Palestine, the meeting reiterated the OIC’s unwavering position on the cause on Palestine and Al-Quds AL Sharif and called for concerted efforts in the UNSC to assume its responsibility to ensure Israel’s halt to its violations, end the Israeli occupation within well-defined timeframe and to maintain the vision the two state solution.
Regarding Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministers, highlighted the systematic human rights violations of the Kashmiri people and the unfolding humanitarian tragedy in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and called on ICHAD and UN OCHA to act as a matter of urgency to deliver the much needed relief to the affected population.
On the aggression by Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan,the Contact Group, which held its inaugural meeting, expressed the hope that Group will serve as a useful platform to implement OIC Resolutions as well as harmonize individual and joint efforts of the Member States in order to put an end the Armenian aggression and occupation of the territories of Azerbaijan. The meeting also agreed to formulate a roadmap to guide the activities of the Group towards the realization of the its objectives.
Finally, while expressing its solidarity with Sierra Leone, the meeting urged the Member States to continue to extend all forms of support and assistance to the country in its endeavors to achieve full recovery after the post Ebola epidemic.