OIC Contact Group Calls For Kashmir Solution
3 July 2005
The India Monitor
Islamabad: The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, which met in Sana'a, (Yemen) called for settlement of Kashmir dispute and halt to human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir. The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Niger, Pakistan and Deputy Leader of the Saudi Delegation as well as a representative of Yemen, the host country, said a foreign office statement issued here on Thursday. The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Khurshid Kasuri, in his statement thanked the Muslim Ummah and especially, members of the Contact Group for their continued support and understanding in highlighting the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He reiterated Pakistan's continued political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their legitimate struggle. He reaffirmed that the long standing dispute on Kashmir should be resolved peacefully respecting the Kashmiris right to self determination in accordance with relevant UN resolutions. He emphasized that to seek final settlement of this dispute rigidity and aggression should give way to accommodation and flexibility. Foreign Minister Kasuri emphasized the necessity of constructive and purposeful dialogue to resolve the Kashmir dispute. In this context, he recalled President Pervez Musharraf's four step approach to finding a peaceful settlement of the issue. He added that in spite of problems and hurdles, the existing goodwill between Pakistan and India needs to be consolidated for peace and development in South Asia. He stated that Pakistan has entered into composite dialogue with India with the sincere hope that it would result in jut and lasting solution which would be true reflection of the hopes and the aspirations of the Kashmiris people on both sides of the Line of Control. He also stressed the need for involving the true representatives of the Kashmiri people in the on going dialogue process with India to make the process durable. He called for an end to the human rights violations in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Turkish Foreign Minister, in his statement, welcomed the on going the Pakistan and India dialogue process for finding a peaceful settlement of all the issues including Jammu and Kashmir. He stressed the need for resolving the Jammu and Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and international legitimacy. He termed the Kashmir issue as a humanitarian issue. He assured the Kashmiris of Turkey's commitment and support until a just and durable solution was found to this problem which had bedeviled relations between India and Pakistan for over half a century. The Saudi Leader of the delegation called for the respect of the Kashmiris' human rights and reiterated the Saudi Government's unflinching support for early peaceful and final settlement of this long standing issue. He stated that any attempts to create linkages between the right of self determination and terrorism was unacceptable. He also expressed the hope that the current Pakistan India dialogue process would provide necessary impetus in seeking the early resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue. NNI adds: In response to the application by the Russian Federation for Observer Status in the OIC, pending the revision of the Rules of procedure for Observer Status, the conference decided by unanimity to grant observer status to Russia. The Foreign Minister of Niger extended Niger's support to the on going Pakistan India dialogue process and expressed hope that this would result in alleviating the sufferings of the people under occupation. He termed the Jammu and Kashmir dispute as an important issue of international agenda. The Foreign Minister commended the OIC's efforts in focusing the world attention to the plight of the Kashmiri people. He hoped that government of India would heed to the OIC resolutions and bring an end to the violations of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir. The Secretary General of the OIC, in his statement, regretted that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was the result of Indian non implementation of the UNSC Resolutions. He assured the Kashmiri people of the OIC's continued support in their just struggle for right to self determination. Recalling the OIC Resolutions he called upon India to end human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. The secretary General welcomed the Pakistan India dialogue process and hoped that it would help in finding a just and durable solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. The Hurriyat Rrepresentative from the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chapter, on behalf of the Kashmiri people, expressed gratitude of the Kashmiri people to the Muslim Ummah for its continued and unwavering support to their struggle for right to self determination. He also thanked the OIC secretary General for sending a Fact finding Mission to Azad Jammu and Kashmir and expressed the hope that the secretary General would prevail upon India to allow a similar Mission to the Indian Occupied Kashmir.