WASHINGTON: Secretary-General of Washington-based World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, on Wednesday thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan for raising the Kashmir issue during his address at the United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA).
On Tuesday, while addressing the UNGA, President Erdogan articulated his consistent policy towards Kashmir by repeating that “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.”
Fai said that these words remain a morale booster for Kashmiris. “The President has underscored the need for peace in Kashmir as elsewhere. And for this, the President has the sincere thanks of the people of Kashmir,” he said.
“The significance of the message of President Erdogan is aimed at promoting a dialogue among all parties to the dispute. This is the only means of achieving a genuine and lasting peace in this volatile conflict,” he said, adding that Kashmiris have suffered long and needlessly because of this brutal conflict and they demand and deserve peace.
Fai said that the people of Kashmir also share the assessment of President Erdogan that “our General Assembly needs to be strengthened so that the international community can contribute more effectively to the solution of global issues.”
“It is important because the stakes are higher today than in the past. As we all observe very well, when weapons fall into the hands of irresponsible persons – both state and non-state actors – even a small conflict can threaten to take on deadly proportions. Let us hope it is not going to happen.”
By Our Correspondent