Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday raised the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir issue in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, calling for the resolution of the decades-old dispute between Pakistan in India in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people as outlined in the UNSC resolutions.
The Turkish leader also criticised the “countries that have declared their intention to open embassies in Jerusalem, in violation of United Nations resolutions and international law”, accusing them of making the Palestinian conflict “more complicated” to resolve.
Last year, Erdogan had also called for dialogue for the solution of the Kashmir issue in his address to the 74th session of the General Assembly. He had stressed that the stability and prosperity of South Asia could not be separated from the Kashmir issue.
Turkish President @RTErdogan in his speech at @UN General Assembly reiterated Turkey's support for Jammu & #Kashmir dispute. Terming it key to peace of South Asia, he said steps taken following abolition of special status of Jammu & Kashmir has further complicated the problem. pic.twitter.com/vGtktJcKaq— Pakistan in Turkey (@PakTurkey) September 22, 2020
‘Kashmir remains a burning issue’
Addressing the 193-member gathering on Tuesday, Erdogan reminded the international community that the Kashmir dispute remains a “burning issue”, while the unilateral steps taken by India on August 5 last year further complicated the problem.
“The Kashmir conflict, which is also key to the stability and peace of South Asia, is still a burning issue,” Erdogan said. “Steps taken following the abolition of the special status of Jammu-Kashmir further complicated the problem,” he added.
“We are in favour of solving this issue through dialogue, within the framework of the United Nations resolutions and especially in line with the expectations of the people of Kashmir,” the Turkish leader said.
On domestic issues, Erdogan called for “sincere” dialogue to settle the growing row with Greece over energy search in the eastern Mediterranean. “Our priority is to settle disputes with sincere dialogue, based on international law and on an equitable basis,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan said Turkey, a Nato ally, also said that the Palestinian conflict could only be resolved with the establishment of an independent, sovereign, and contiguous State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
US President Trump, Chinese President Xi address UN
Earlier in the day, leaders of the world’s two largest economies, China and the US, laid out their competing visions as relations between the two plunged to their worst level in decades as the coronavirus tensions aggravating their trade and technology disputes.
US President Donald Trump used his General Assembly speech to attack China’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that Beijing must be held accountable for having “unleashed this plague onto the world”.
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By contrast, China’s President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address, calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic and stressing that China had no intention of fighting “either a Cold War or a hot war with any country”.
Trump, facing a November re-election with his country dealing with the world’s highest death toll from the contagion, accused Beijing of allowing people to leave China in the early stages of the outbreak to infect the world while shutting down domestic travel.
In an implicit rebuke to Trump, President Xi called for a global response to the coronavirus and giving a leading role to the World Health Organisation (WHO). “Facing the virus, we should enhance solidarity and get through this together,” he said.
GVS News Desk with additional input from other sources