India Tells OIC To Watch Its Words On Kashmir
18 July 2005
The Indian Express
New Delhi: India today reacted sharply to suggestions made on resolving the Kashmir conflict at the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) foreign ministers' meeting in Yemen recently, saying that the OIC has no 'locus standi' on issues relating to India's internal affairs. The OIC contact group on Jammu and Kashmir had called for a settlement of the Kashmir issue in accordance with 'aspirations' of the Kashmiri people. 'The Organisation of Islamic Conference has once again commented upon J-K at the OIC foreign ministers' meeting in Sana'a, Yemen. The OIC has no locus standi in matters concerning India's internal affairs. We reject all such resolutions,' the MEA Spokesperson said in a tersely-worded statement here. The OIC had also accused India of not implementing the UN resolutions on Kashmir and extended its continued support to Kashmiris, in what they felt was a 'just struggle for right to self-determination'. New Delhi views the OIC as a forum frequently used by Pakistan to muster support for its anti-India propaganda on Kashmir and has often rejected its resolutions on the subject.