OIC contact group pledges support to Kashmir cause
13 November 2000
The News International
Doha: A meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir on Monday adopted a declaration, calling for the right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir as pledged to them by the United Nations Security Council resolutions. Briefing the media, Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar said the meeting also called for an immediate end to the massive violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people and the OIC felt that it would continue efforts for the full protection of the fundamental rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting affirmed once again its commitment to promote a just and peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions. ''All members of the contact group apart from adopting its declaration spoke individually and each one of them pledged continued support to the principles, certified in the declaration. The meeting also heard the true representatives of the people of Kashmir,'' the foreign minister said. Those who spoke were Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, Prime Minister, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Maulana Abbas Ansari and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, members of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference who came from Srinagar to address the Contact Group. The meeting was presided over by Turkish President and attended by President Mahboud Tandyka of Niger, Prince Saud al-Faisal, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Qatari State Minister for External Affairs Ahmad Abdullah al-Mahmood. Pakistan was represented by Chief Executive General Pervaiz Musharraf.