Erdogan’s Kashmir-reference prompts India’s Cypriot response

By Naveen Bharat Editorial

New Delhi: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again raised the issue of Kashmir during his address to the UN General Assembly, calling upon India to pay in return and Turkey to respect UNSC resolutions on Cyprus.

“We maintain our position in favor of resolving the issue in Kashmir for 74 years through dialogue between the parties and within the framework of relevant UN resolutions,” Erdogan said. Last year too, he had mentioned Kashmir in his pre-recorded speech at the UNGA.

Hours after his remarks, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides and stressed the need for Turkey to respect and follow the UNSC resolutions on Cyprus. “Working to advance our economic ties. Appreciated his regional insight. It is important that relevant UN Security Council resolutions regarding Cyprus are followed by all,” Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting.

The resolutions refer to the recognition of Northern Cyprus by Turkey, which came into existence in 1974 when Turkey invaded the northern part of the country in response to a military coup on the island, which was supported by the Greek government. Turkey is the only nation that recognizes Northern Cyprus while the Republic of Cyprus is recognized internationally.

In his address, Erdogan also referred to the Uighur Muslims of China and the Rohingyas of Myanmar in Xinjiang. “In the context of China’s territorial integrity, we believe that there is a need to demonstrate more efforts regarding the protection of the fundamental rights of Muslim Uighur Turks,” he said.

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