India on Turkish President's remarks

Don’t think reference to Jammu and Kashmir at UNGA useful or helpful

India on Turkish President’s remarks: India on Thursday said any reference to Jammu and Kashmir at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) was not useful or helpful and that the issue needs to be resolved bilaterally in accordance with the Shimla Agreement.

“I din’t think reference to Jammu and Kashmir at the UNGA is useful ir helpful,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the ongoing UNGA in New York Wednesday the Turkish President said India and Pakistan after having established their sovereignty and independence 75 years ago, they still haven’t established peace and solidarity between on another. This is much unfortunate. We hope and pray that a fair and perenent peace and prosperity will be established in kashmir.”

Responding to his comment, Bagchi said, “As regards Jammu and Kashmir, our position is very clear. This issue needs to be resolved in the Shimla Agreement and bilaterally and also in a conducive atmosphere free of terorism. I don’t think reference to Kashmir in UNGA is useful of helpful.”

Erdogan had also raked up the Jammu and Kashmir issue in 2019, during an address at the general debate of the 74th session of the General Assembly of the UN.

“Despite the resolutions adopted (by the UNGA), Kashmir is still besieged and eight million people are stuck in Kashmir,” he had said.

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