NEW YORK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the UN General Assembly that a “burning issue” was the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan, and called for a dialogue to resolve it.
In a speech made via video link to the landmark 75th session of the 193-member Assembly, Erdogan said the problem was further complicated by measures taken following the abolition of Jammu-Kashmir ‘s special status.
“We are in favour of solving this problem through dialogue within the context of the resolutions of the United Nations and, in particular, in line with the aspirations of the citizens of Kashmir,” added the Turkish president.
The Kashmir conflict is on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council, which, since 1948, has adopted at least 11 resolutions calling for an impartial plebiscite to ascertain the wishes of the citizens of the disputed state.
Earlier on Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir Contact Group of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation ( OIC) held an informal meeting in New York to discuss the deteriorating human rights situation in illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) in India.
At the behest of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the OIC contact group met in New York for an informal meeting. The meeting was attended by the Permanent Representatives of Pakistan, Ambassador Munir, and the Permanent Representatives of the Observer Mission of Saudi Arabia, Niger, Azerbaijan and OIC.
The Contact Group also urged the United Nations Secretary-General, the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations Human Rights Council to call on India to stop the abuses of human rights in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and to reverse the unilateral and unconstitutional steps taken on and after 5 August 2019.
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