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Central Asia: OIC Summit Concludes

Prague, 13 December 1996 (RFE/RL) - The annual Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Foreign Ministers' summit closed in Jakarata today. Ministers of the 54-state OIC adopted a joint communique on the situation in the Mideast, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Nagorno-Karabakh, and other issues.

On Afghanistan, the ministers called for no interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, and an end to arms shipments to the various Afghan factions. The OIC summit organisers were unable to decide who should represent Afghanistan and left Kabul's seat vacant.

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati yesterday told the summit there is no military solution to the conflict, and said what Afghanistan needs is "a broad-based government in which all different ethnic and religious groups should participate."

OIC Ministers also elected as OIC's new Secretary-General a prominent Moroccan political figure Azeddin Laraki, who is a former Prime Minister of Morocco.

The next OIC summit is scheduled in a year in Teheran.