Turkey ‘apologises’ for raising Kashmir in UN

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 20:37

Istanbul: Turkey on wednesday expressed apologies
for raking up the Kashmir issue in the UN General Assembly
after India conveyed its "unhappiness" over the matter.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna met his Turkish
counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on the sidelines of Istanbul
conference during which Krishna conveyed the country`s
"surprise and unhappiness."

"India conveys its surprise and unhappiness on the UN
General Assembly speech of the Prime Minister of Turkey
wherein Kashmir was refereed to. India conveys that Kashmir is
part and parcel of India and has a democratically-elected
state government," official sources said.

Clarifying his country`s position, Davutoglu said the
purpose was not to internationalise the issue of Kashmir,
according to officials.

"...apologize if it has hurt the sentiments of Indians,"
the Turkish Minister said.
Officials said the minister explained that Turkish Prime
Minister just commented that India is having a dialogue with
Pakistan and meant that the Kashmir issue was between India
and Pakistan.

Davutoglu also asserted that his country wanted close
ties with India.

During his speech in UNGA on September 22 this year,
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said "the
illegitimate invasion of Azerbaijani territories, which has
been going on for many years now, must end. It is unacceptable
to let the Nagorno-Karabakh issue remain unresolved as such.
Finding solutions to international problems before they become
acute is a political and moral responsibility for all of us.

"In this respect, more effective efforts have to be
exerted to resolve the Kashmir issue and many other frozen
disputes which I can?t name here."


First Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 19:50
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