Turkey ready to play role in Kashmir settlement
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that Turkey is ready to play its due role for a peaceful settlement of longstanding Kashmir issue and the solution should be acceptable to Pakistan, India and Kashmiri people – the real stakeholders.
“Aspirations of Kashmiri people for self-determination must be addressed in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and Turkey is ready to play its due role in this regard,” he said during a sideline meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu Kashmir here at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting was chaired by OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Manani.
The Turk minister said that the international community had a moral and legal responsibility to resolve this longstanding issue. Expressing concern over cancellation of talks with Pakistan by India and the rising tensions across the Line of Control in the disputed state, he called on the parties to resume negotiations without delay and engage in a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue for a peaceful resolution of all disputes including Kashmir.
On the occasion, Saudi permanent representative to OIC Mohammad Tayyab also said that Jammu Kashmir was a longstanding issue on the agenda of the UN Security Council which needed resolution by the international community. Saudi Arabia strongly supported the realisation of the rights of Kashmiri people through peaceful dialogue, which was the only way out for both Pakistan and India, he said.
He said that any settlement of the conflict must take into account the aspirations of Kashmiri people. Saudi Arabia wanted Pakistan and India to resume negotiations process and the United Nations to invest more efforts in a peaceful resolution of the conflict. It was high-time that the Kashmiri people were given their fundamental human rights and a chance to live in peace and dignity, he said.
Azad Jammu Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob and Hurriyat representative Ishtiyaq Hameed also delivered statements in which they highlighted the ground situation arising from the continued Indian occupation and oppressions, and the recent devastating floods in both sides of the Line of Control. The Kashmiri delegation also presented a memorandum to the OIC secretary general containing proposals for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.
I want the spokesperson of the MEA to remind Turkey of the need to 'address the aspirations of the Kurish people' whose self-determination must be addressed immediately. India must also extend its good offices to the resolution of the vexatious Kurdistan issue.
As for our friends from the deserts, we need to remind them of the long-standing issue of the Shia-dominated Eastern Saudi Arabia. It is high-time that the long-suffering Shia Muslims along the entire eastern stretch from Al Khobar to Jubail are given their fundamental rights and a chance to live with dignity and not as second-class citizens. After all, it is the wealth generated by the oil sucked out from their lands that the rest of KSA enjoys leaving them famished. Again, India can do whatever it can in this endeavour.