Special envoy on Kashmir to bridge Indo-Pak differences: OIC

Last Updated: Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 08:58

Washington: Appointment of special envoy
for Jammu and Kashmir by Organizations of Islamic Countries
would help bridge the gap between India and Pakistan and
address the issue of minorities in India, a top OIC official
has said.

"The role of the Special Envoy is to help in bridging
the gap between the two countries namely Pakistan and India,"
OIC secretary general, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said.
He was in Washington to meet US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton.

Ihsanoglu of Turkey, who heads Jeddah-based IOC – a
grouping of 57 member Muslim countries – said this was not for
the first time that a special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir has
been appointed.

OIC, early this week, had announced the appointment of
Abdullah Bin Adbul Rahman Al Bakr, a Saudi national and OIC`s
assistant secretary general of political affairs, as the
special OIC envoy on Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting at the UN
headquarters in New York.

"This is nothing new. (It is) just a continuation of
the previous special representative. You know there has been a
decision taken years back asking OIC secretary general to
appoint special envoy," Ihsanoglu said.
Ihsanoglu added that Al Bakr`s predecessor to the post
of assistant secretary general of political affairs was also
the ex-officio special OIC envoy for Jammu and Kashmir.

"So it is just a formality to continue this position,"
Ihsanoglu said.

Without going into detail, Ihsanoglu said, "We
recognise that there is some problem there with the Muslim
minority, which we are dealing with."

This was the mandate given to OIC by Ministers of
Foreign Affairs and Summits, he said, adding, "I have to say
that this is part of our activities vis-à-vis minorities in
the outside OIC member countries."

Bureau Report



First Published: Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 08:58

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