Kash­miris sup­port Turkey’s role in solv­ing decades-old dis­pute

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics - MUSTAFA KIRIKÇIOĞLU - ISLAMABAD

KASH­MIRI of­fi­cials have said that Turkey’s sup­port for a so­lu­tion to the decades-old land dis­pute in Jammu and Kashmir is vi­tal, call­ing on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a ref­er­en­dum pro­posed by the United Na­tions to de­cide the fate of the re­gion.

Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan sug­gested dur­ing his visit to In­dia in 2017 strength­en­ing mul­ti­lat­eral di­a­logue, “in which Turkey can be in­volved,” adding that the prob­lem could be set­tled through such mul­ti­lat­eral dis­cus­sion.

While his of­fer to as­sist in solv­ing the dis­pute by fur­ther im­prov­ing di­a­logue be­tween the two states was wel­comed by Pak­istan, In­dia re­jected the in­volve­ment of a third-party ac­tor.

Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, vice pres­i­dent of the Jammu and Kashmir Demo­cratic Free­dom Party, told Daily Sabah that they sup­port a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion in the re­gion in a mul­ti­lat­eral ex­tent, in­di­cat­ing Kash­miris should de­cide their own fate ac­cord­ing to U.N. res­o­lu­tions on the is­sue.

“There are four par­ties in­volved; the Kash­miri peo­ple, In­dia, Pak­istan and the U.N. These four par­ties should sit around a ta­ble and find a so­lu­tion which would let Kash­miris to de­cide their own fu­ture, whether they want to join In­dia or Pak­istan, or be­come an in­de­pen­dent coun­try,” Saghar said.

He added that they don’t need “con­flict man­age­ment” as of­fered by some coun­tries, but need a con­crete res­o­lu­tion in Kashmir.

The Kashmir dis­pute, one of the old­est on the agenda of the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, along with Pales­tine, erupted be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan in 1947. The U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil called for a ref­er­en­dum to de­cide the re­gion’s fate in 1948. While In­dia says elec­tions held in ter­ri­to­ries con­trolled by ad­min­is­tra­tion backed by New Delhi, which de­cided to back ac­ces­sion to In­dia, makes a ref­er­en­dum un­nec­es­sary, the U.N. and Pak­istan say a ref­er­en­dum needs to take into ac­count the views of vot­ers through­out the for­mer princely state.

Syed Faiz Naqsh­bandi, con­vener from the All Par­ties Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence (APHC), said Kash­miri peo­ple are thank­ful to the Turkish gov­ern­ment for its will­ing­ness to seek a so­lu­tion for the dis­pute, call­ing for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ref­er­en­dum de­ci­sion taken by the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and the es­tab­lish­ment of a group by the U.N. to in­ves­ti­gate the sit­u­a­tion in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Er­doğan has men­tioned the Jammu and Kashmir dis­pute on many plat­forms, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional meet­ings such as the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion [OIC]. We are sure that Turkey will try its ut­most for res­o­lu­tion of this is­sue,” he said.

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