Peace in South Asia linked to solution of Kashmir dispute

Peace in South Asia linked to solution of Kashmir dispute

Islamabad (UNA-OIC) – United Nations General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir on Monday emphasized that peace in the South Asian region is linked to the solution of the Jammu and Kashmiri issue.

“The Jammu and Kashmir dispute needs to be settled through peaceful means,” Bozkir said at a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Foreign Affairs Ministry headquarters in Islamabad.

The UN General Assembly chief, who arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit to Pakistan, said, the “meaningful engagement of political and diplomatic channels”, was significant to resolve the issue in accordance with the resolutions of UN Security Council.

Bozkir appreciated the vision of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for the region and world peace and security as well as also other important issues faced by the world including climate change and problems of least developed countries.

For his part, Foreign Minister Qureshi called on the UN to play its role to avoid any confrontation due to the Kashmiri crisis. He said Pakistan is grateful to the Security Council for its deliberation on the lingering dispute three times in a year which is unprecedented.

However, the Pakistani diplomat expressed his country’s desire to have a discussion on the dispute also held in the UN General Assembly, as it represents the world’s pulse that highlights the views of the comity of nations.

The people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir are concerned about the demographic change taking place in the region, Qureshi said, warning that if the issue is not resolved, peace in the region will remain disturbed, and its implications will even go beyond the region. He also affirmed that Kashmir had become a flashpoint, and the UN must act now on the issue.

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