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OIC to World leaders: Accelerate efforts to help people in Jammu & Kashmir

The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir held a ministerial meeting on Wednesday 25th of September in New York

Friday September 27, 2019 8:26 AM, ummid.com with inputs from UNA-OIC

OIC on Kashmir

New York: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on the international community to accelerate its efforts to help the people of Jammu and Kashmir decisively achieve their legitimate rights.

The OIC also stressed that “lasting and durable peace in South Asia rests with just and final settlement of the dispute, in line with UN Resolutions, and that dialogue is the only way forward”.

The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir held a ministerial meeting on Wednesday 25th of September on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

In his statement at the meeting, the OIC Secretary General, Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, said, “The Contact Group held an emergency meeting, at the level of Permanent Representatives, in Jeddah, on 6 August 2019, following the unilateral actions of the Indian Government to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir."

"Before that, the Indian authorities sent 45,000 troops into the territory and made a complete lockdown of the Kashmiri people’s day-to-day lives", the statement said.

The secretary general emphasized that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is among the most important agenda items for the Organization. The 14th Islamic Summit held in Makkah, last May, and the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting held in Abu Dhabi, last March, considered this issue.

He further insisted on the need for the resumption of the dialogue process between Pakistan and India, which is a prerequisite for development, peace and stability in South Asia.

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly is focussed on climate change. However, the main UN agenda is eclipsed with India and Pakistan both engaging in hectic lobbying to win over the world leaders on Kashmir.

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