Mr. President, we thank you for convening today’s ministerial briefing to discuss cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation(OIC), as well as the concept paper circulated by your delegation (S/2013/588). We also appreciate your presence among us here today, Sir.
Allow me to thank the Secretary-General for his statement, in which he gave us a broad vision of the cooperation established between the two organizations. Similarly, we express our appreciation to the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for the information presented to us on the affinities of the work of that organization and of the Security Council in the general area of conflict prevention, including mediation. We congratulate him on his constructive management at the head of the organization.
We come from a country and a subregion that greatly value intraregional cooperation. Our delegation has therefore always supported the Security Council partnerships cited in Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations. The core of such partnerships is founded on the comparative advantages that each party brings to the arrangement. The Security Council represents the highest level of multilateral diplomacy working to ensure international peace and security. The regional and subregional organizations, for their part, are more intimately acquainted with the countries they are made up of, which makes them strategic partners in conflict prevention.
The peculiarity of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is that it is not a regional organization, since its ranks include countries from various parts of the world whose common bond lies in a vision and values that are shared among its partners. It has already accumulated valuable experience in cooperating since 1969 with the United Nations throughout our Organization’s various incarnations as an institution, chiefly through the General Assembly and the Security Council, as well as in the area of humanitarian assistance.
We commend its performance in recent years at various levels in the areas of conflict prevention, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and combating terrorism. Its active participation in situations such as those in Somalia, Afghanistan, Mali, Myanmar, and Darfur are proof of its invaluable work in pursuit of peace as a noble ideal, sharing the principles of the Charter of the United Nations. We trust that those efforts can also contribute to finding a solution to the conflicts in the Middle East, which is the founding reason for the existence of this Organization. We believe that there is always room to improve the relationship between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations, so that regardless of differences of opinion, the spirit whereby the mechanism was included in the Charter of the United Nations is not lost. In that context, we feel it is important to remember that when it comes to conflict prevention, we should prioritize partnerships with those regional and subregional organizations that can rely on a mandate for the maintenance of international peace and security and that can be identified as crucial stakeholders in conflict resolution. There is no doubt that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation falls into that category.
Finally, from our national perspectives as a multicultural nation, we recognize the valuable and pertinent role that the OIC has played in helping to promote respect and intercultural dialogue, within the framework of the Alliance of Civilizations of the United Nations, in order to combat religious intolerance. Its worthy contribution is in step with respect for human rights, which is a high priority of our own foreign policy.