Turkish President Erdogan terms Kashmir a ‘burning issue’

In a speech addressed to the 193-member Assembly’s landmark 75th session, Turkish President Erdogan said that steps were taken following the abolition of the special status of Jammu-Kashmir further complicated the problem.

“We are in favour of solving this issue through dialogue, within the framework of the United Nations resolutions and especially in line with the expectations of the people of Kashmir,” the Turkish leader added.

The Kashmir dispute is on the agenda of the UN Security Council, which has adopted at least 11 resolutions since 1948. The resolutions call for an impartial plebiscite to determine the wishes of the people in the disputed state.

Previously on Monday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir met an informal meeting in New York to discuss the worsening human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

The OIC contact group held an informal meeting in New York at the request of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

The Permanent Representatives of Pakistan to the UN, Ambassador Munir and the Permanent Representatives of Saudi Arabia, Niger, Azerbaijan and OIC Observer Mission also attended the meeting.

The Contact Group asked the UN Secretary-General, the UN Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council to call on India to halt the human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, rescind the unilateral and illegal measures taken on and after 5 August 2019.

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