Refrain From Changing Kashmir’s Demography, OIC Tells New Delhi

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Srinagar: Amid the tense stand-off between India and China along the Line of Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday asked New Delhi to refrain from changing the demographic structure of Jammu and Kashmir and settle the dispute according to the resolutions passed by the United Nations.

In a virtual meeting held on Monday, OIC’s Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir reaffirmed the continued support for the people of J&K and called on the United Nations Secretary-General to use his good offices to make India abide by the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) resolutions and engage in dialogue to calm the situation in the region, a statement issued by the Muslim body on its website said.

“The Contact Group called on India to halt security operations against the people of Jammu and Kashmir immediately, respect basic human rights, refrain from changing the demographic structure of the disputed territory, and settle the conflict under the relevant UNSC’s resolutions,” the statement added.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

According to the statement, Secretary General Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen inaugurated the meeting and stressed the OIC’s commitment to finding a peaceful settlement for the Jammu and Kashmir issue as per the relevant resolutions of the Islamic Summit, the Council of Foreign Ministers, and the international legitimacy.

“At the same time, I call on the international community to strengthen its efforts to assist the people of Kashmir to decisively practice their legitimate rights denied for decades,” said Othaimeen.

The statement further said that the Contact Group appreciated the efforts made by the OIC General Secretariat through its Special Envoy to Jammu and Kashmir who visited the region in March 2020.

“After the meeting, the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir issued a statement on the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir region in which it welcomed the efforts made by some Member States to calm the situation between India and Pakistan,” it added.

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