India conveys unhappiness over Kashmir reference

Istanbul: Conveying its "unhappiness" over Turkey raking up the Kashmir issue in the UN General Assembly, India on Sunday told it that the state is "part and parcel" of the country.

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 told PTI.

During his speech in UNGA on September 22 this year, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that "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."