UNITED NATIONS — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has, like the last two years, raised the Kashmir issue at the United Nations.
“We maintain our stance in favour of solving the ongoing problem in Kashmir for 74 years through dialogue between the parties and within the framework of relevant United Nations resolutions,” he said in his speech at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly that began on Tuesday.
Last year, Erdogan described the Kashmir situation as a ‘burning issue’ and criticised the abolition of the special status of Kashmir.
Earlier in 2019, Erdogan had said, “Despite the resolutions adopted, Kashmir is still besieged and eight million people are stuck in Kashmir.”
That year, Erdogan was joined by Mahathir Mohamad, the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, in bringing up Kashmir issue at the Assembly. He said in a statement that India ‘invaded and occupied’ Kashmir.
Unsettled by Erdogan’s statement in 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled his scheduled visit to Turkey.
Besides Kashmir, Erdogan raised, among others, the issues of Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Azerbaijan, Crimea, Myanmar, Uyghurs, Cyprus, etc at the United Nations General Assembly.