84. The Conference welcomed with appreciation the Government of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia’s show of the support and Islamic solidarity as manifested by the latter’s decision to be the first country to publically and officially open its doors for the Rohingya Muslim refugees.

85. The Conference recognized the democratization process of Myanmar and appealed to Member States that maintain political and diplomatic relations and share economic interests with the Government of Myanmar to encourage the Government of Myanmar to grant the rights of the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

86. The Conference expressed grave disappointment that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) Bill was not passed by the Philippines Congress despite the assurances of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) in this regard. The Conference recognized the efforts of the GPH, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Malaysia in the Southern Philippines’ peace process despite the non-passage of the Bill. Itstrongly urged the GPH and the MILF to preserve its gains, particularly the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and uphold the implementation of the CAB in the next administration.

87. The Conference commended the efforts of the Secretary General during his official visit to the Philippines from 17-20 April 2015 to urge the President and congressional leaders to ensure the passage of an undiluted BBL. The Conference also commended the efforts made by the negotiating panels of the GPH and the MILF on 10-11 February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur to continue with the peace process whilst recognizing that the non-passage of the BBL has adversely affected the timeline of establishing the Bangsamoro entity. The Conference called for the immediate re-filing of this legislation by the next administration and passed by the next Congress.

88. The Conference urged the GPH and the MILF to agree on a clear timeline for the resumption of the implementation of the CAB in the next administration to avoid prolonged uncertainties and tension on the ground. The Conference appealed for both Parties not to open any opportunity for extremist groups to strengthen their foothold in the Southern Philippines. The Conference urged GPH to implement developing programmes despite the non-passage of the BBL which is the key to the implementation of the CAB and peace in Southern Philippines.

89. The Conference called upon the Secretary General to continue to exert his efforts to find common grounds between the Parties to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the 1996 Agreement on the implementation of the 1976 Peace Agreement and develop a mechanism to ensure that the gains of these agreements are preserved and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro are fully implemented with the end goal of integrating the gains achieved in these peace agreements into a new law.

90. The Conference welcomed the results of the Fifth and final session of the Tripartite Review Process which took place at Ministerial Level in Jeddah on 25-26 January 2016 with the participation of the members of the OIC Peace Committee for Southern Philippines(PCSP), the Government of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front which moved towards a conclusion of the Tripartite Review Process through identifying the obstacles and agreeing on modalities to push forward the full implementation of 1996 Final Peace Agreement. The Conference also welcomed the activation of the Tripartite Implementation Monitoring Committee (TIMC) to monitor the implementation of the 1996 Peace Agreement. The Conference acknowledged the role of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, in facilitating the peace process culminating in the signing of the Final Peace Agreement on 2 September 1996.

91. The Conference commended the efforts of Turkey as the Chair of the Independent Decommissioning Body, which has been established in line with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro as part of the normalization process as well as contributing to the socio-economic development of the region.

92. The Conference urged the leaders of both the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to consolidate their coordination and cooperation through the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) and to engage other stakeholders in order to close ranks and strengthen and consolidate their cooperation and unity and maintain their peaceful struggle for the common cause to ensure that a comprehensive peace can be established in the Southern Philippines. In this regard, the Conference called on the Secretary General to facilitate these efforts without delay.

93. The Conference commended Malaysia and the Secretary General’s initiatives to support the peace process in the Southern Philippines and encouraged them to continue facilitating and engaging the GPH and the MILF with full support from Member States.

94. The Conference commended the efforts of the Secretary General during his visit to the Kingdom of Thailand and for following up the situation of Muslims in Southern Thailand. The Conference welcomed the formation of a group of representatives of the Muslim community in the South and the decision of the Government to continue the peace dialogue with the group under Malaysian facilitation. The Conference called upon the group of representatives of the Muslim community in the South to include all stakeholders, and to work for the common good to ensure a peace process can be effectively realized in the South, as well as the realization of peace, harmony and territorial integrity of the country. The Conference encouraged the Government to grant the group of representatives of the Muslim community in the South the required recognition and called upon the Government to provide guarantee of safety in travelling to and from Thailand to members of the dialogue team and protection from detention and prosecution during their engagement in the peace process.

95. The Conference reiterated concerns regarding the situation in Southern Thailand and expressed the hope that the Thai Government will make constructive steps for the implementation of their commitments included in the 2007 OIC-Thai Joint Statement reiterated in 2012.

96. The Conference expressed support for the cause of the Turkish Muslim minority in Western Thrace and the Muslim population of Dodecanese, and called on Greece to take all necessary measures to ensure the respect of the rights of the Muslim minority and their identity and culture.

97. The Conference followed closely and underlined the importance of the continuing repatriation process of Ah?ska Turks who were forced to leave their homeland in 1944. It welcomed the adoption of the “Strategy for the Repatriation of Meskhetians” by the Georgian Government in 2014 and urged for further adoption of a comprehensive action plan with a view to facilitating the return of the Ah?ska Turks and their integration into Georgian society.

98. The Conference expressed interest in the situation of the Crimean Muslim Tatars in the light of the recent developments in the Peninsula, stressed the need to address appropriately the status, safety and security of the Crimean Tatars and guarantee them effective access to their religious, cultural, educational and property rights; underscored the importance of ensuring the safety and security, encouraged the Secretary General to conduct the needed contacts and studies on the situation of Crimean Tatars following the recent developments, requested the Secretary General to follow up on the implementation of this matter and to submit a report thereon to the 44th Session of the CFM.

99. The Conference welcomed the growing cooperation between the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and various international and regional organizations including the United Nations and welcomed the efforts put together by the OIC General Secretariat to strengthen relations with different regional and international organizations.

100. The Conference reiterated its principled position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, whatever its motives, justifications, and source; affirmed that combating terrorism is the responsibility of all Member States and the international community; and underscored the need to adopt a comprehensive Islamic strategy to combat terrorism and extremism and for the OIC to play an effective role in international efforts to combat terrorism, in the framework of constructive cooperation with States and international and regional organizations and initiatives.

101. The Conference encouraged all States to continue working for a consensual finalization and adoption of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism. The Conference also believed that it is important to continue working to consolidate international efforts to combat terrorism. The Conference also took note of the proposal of the Republic of Kazakhstan on unified counter-terrorism coalition under the auspices of the UN.

102. The Conference expressed support for the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all Member States to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. It expressed, in this regard, its backing of the Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism and invited interested Member States to join it.

103. The Conference reaffirmed its support for the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and to the UN Secretary General’s Plan to prevent violent extremism. It stressed in this regard Member States’ rejection of extremism, violence, sectarianism and factionalism because of their destructive impacts and dangerous repercussions on the security and stability of Member States and on international peace and security. The Conference also reaffirmed the importance of addressing the causes of violent extremism in a comprehensive manner.

104. The Conference unequivocally condemned all acts, methods and practices of terrorism committed by whomsoever and wherever, and expressed determination of Member States to remain united in the fight against terrorism.

105. The Conference condemned Hizbollah for conducting terrorist activities in Syria, Bahrain, Kuwait and Yemen and for supporting terrorist movements and groups undermining the security and stability of OIC Member States.

106. The Conference stressed that the fight against terrorism is a major priority for all Member States, and reiterated its resolve to work together to prevent and suppress terrorist acts through increased international solidarity and cooperation, in full recognition of the UN’s central role, and in accordance with UN Charter and obligations under international law.

107. The Conference recalled Resolution No. 41/42-POL on Combating Terrorism and Extremism adopted by the 42nd CFM and welcomed the outcome of the OIC Executive Committee at the Ministerial Level on Combating International Terrorism and Violent Extremism in the Muslim World held in Jeddah on 15February 2015 as well as the outcome of the Ministerial brainstorming session in Kuwait in May 2015. It called upon OIC Secretary General to continue his efforts to fully implement the results of these Conferences.

108. The Conference requested the Secretary General to continue the ongoing debate on countering terrorism, cross-border crime, and modalities to address extremist and sectarian discourse by convening conferences, symposia and workshops in cooperation with OIC Member States and its various institutions and partners, with the participation of political, religious and traditional leaders, psychologists and sociologists, etc. and to hold conferences to review educational curricula in this regard. It welcomed the holding of the UN-led Forum “Religions for Peace” on 6 May 2016 in New York.

109. The Conference condemned the terrorist operations which targeted Ben Guerdane city in the Republic of Tunisia. ?t affirmed Islamic countries’ solidarity with and support for the Republic of Tunisia in its efforts to address this scourge.

110. The Conference welcomed the initiative of the Republic of Indonesia to establish an OIC Contact Group on Peace and Conflict Resolution as proposed at the 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers on Joint Vision to Strengthen Tolerance and Reject Terrorism held in Kuwait on 27-28 May 2015, in accordance with the mandate to be determined by the CFM. The Conference also requested the establishment of this Contact Group be concluded in an expeditious manner.