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OIC Contact Group reaffirms support to Kashmir cause

07 February, 2013

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CAIRO: The Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), which met here on the sidelines of the 12th Islamic Summit Conference, reaffirmed its full support to Kashmir cause.

The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

Foreign Minister Khar addressing the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir said that Pakistan seeks to resolve the Kashmir dispute on the basis of UN resolutions and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

She said that Pakistan has entered into dialogue process with India and wants to have meaningful and result-oriented dialogue for the resolution of the longstanding disputes.

She also underscored the need to stop human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir and requested the OIC Secretary General to compile a report on these violations.

The OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu reaffirmed OIC's commitment and support to the Kashmiri struggle for their right to self determination, as enshrined in the UN Security Council resolutions.

The OIC Secretary General said that soon a joint team of OIC with representation from Islamic Development Bank, Islamic Solidarity Fund and ISESCO, led by Special Representative of OIC Secretary General on Kahmir Ambassador Alim, will visit Azad Jammu and Kashmir to assess their needs and find more practical and effective measures to help the people of Kashmir.

The Secretary General also shared with the meeting OIC's intention to call a meeting of Kashmiri representatives to look at making OIC's role more effective.

The representatives of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Niger reiterated their support for Kashmiris' right to self determination in accordance with the UN resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.


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