New York,—The OIC Contact Groups on Mali, Somalia, Yemen and Bosnia Herzegovina convened at Ministerial level on the sideline of the Annual Coordination Meeting (ACM) of OIC Foreign Ministers in New York on the 20th and 21st September 2016.
The four separate meetings reviewed the prevailing latest developments on the ground and reaffirmed their full solidarity with the affected countries. On Mali and the Sahel, the meeting reviewed the implementation of the Algiers Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali and commended the progress made so far in this regard.
It encouraged the parties to commit themselves to the full and speedy implementation of the peace accord as a means of returning durable stability to the country and the region. The meeting also reiterated the OIC’s principled support for the unity and territorial integrity of Mali.
Regarding Somalia, the Ministers discussed the current electoral process under way in the country and stressed the importance of supporting the Federal Government of Somalia to implement in an inclusive and transparent manner the current electoral process which they hoped would further contribute to the overall stabilization efforts.
They also commended the recent transformation of the OIC’s Humanitarian Office in Mogadishu into a Development agency.
In the Contact Group on Yemen, which held its second session, the participants reiterated their full support for the unity, sovereignty and political independence and territorial integrity of the country.