New York, September 25: Terrorist attack making headlines in several ways, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, met officials from the United Nations responsible for counter terrorism on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday.
In his meeting with Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of UN Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Secretariat (CTED), the Secretary General briefed Labordeon the OIC structure for conflicts resolution, which consists of the Wise Persons Council, the Special Envoys of the Secretary General and the Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution Unit. He also indicated that the OIC will be launching the website for its Messaging Center on October 1, 2016 and has established a cyber security center. Madani reiterated the position of OIC that terrorism is multifaceted and cannot be tackled through security means alone, but rather through a comprehensive approach that addresses the context and situation on the ground.
Laborde concurred with this analysis and stressed the need for cooperation between OIC and CTED on information, expertise and implementation of the relevant UN resolutions on terrorism. The two sides agreed to continue joint cooperation through seminars and workshops to counter terrorism, which is in line with resolutions adopted by the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on this regard.
The Secretary General also met with Jehangir Khan, Executive Director of the Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF). Madani highlighted the need to counter the ideology as well as the economic, cultural and education aspects in countering terrorism and to focus on the youth. Mr. Khan proposed stronger relations and cooperation with OIC on specific programs and projects.