Kashmir issue in 74th session of UNGA:
- World leaders gathered in New York City for the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
- India has always maintained that the Kashmir issue must be resolved bilaterally between India and Pakistan.
- The horrific record United Nations has in resolving conflicts around the world has also contributed to the Indian suspicion regarding third party mediation.
- However, this hasn't stopped other world leaders from mentioning the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly.
- In 1993 the then US President Bill Clinton mentioned Kashmir at the UN General Assembly much to the dismay of the Indian administration.
- Since then US Presidents have carefully avoided the mention of Kashmir during their UNGA address.
Who raise the issue?
- China, Malaysia, Turkey and Pakistan raised Kashmir issue in the United Nations General Assembly.
- The Pakistan PM in his address that reeked of brinkmanship raised the Kashmir issue with nuclear sabre-rattling in a way that only suits Pakistan.
- The Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi tried to walk the tight rope by not mentioning Human Rights and Kashmir together in the speech.
- The Turkish President Erdogan said the Kashmir issue had to be resolved through "dialogue on the basis of justice, equity, and not through collision".
- Turkey is the only Muslim country to have supported Pakistan after India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution.
- Biggest surprise was Malaysian premier Mahathir Muhamamad’s remark on Kashmir by almost calling India an invading force in Kashmir.
Source: India Today