Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 23
India and Turkey clashed for the second year running at the UN General Assembly’s high-level session after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Kashmir as a “burning issue”.
Speaking at the high-level segment of the UNGA, Erdogan did not name India, but criticised the situation in Kashmir after the August 5, 2019, change in status and the lockdown.
India’s Permanent Representative in the UN TS Tirumurti hit back by describing his remarks as “gross interference in India’s internal affairs” and said they were “completely unacceptable”.
Turkey, he said, should learn to respect the sovereignty of other nations and reflect on its own policies more deeply. Turkey under Erdogan has been engaged in a brutal crackdown on the minority Kurds, denies the Armenian genocide and recently converted a museum into a mosque, drawing approbation from around the world.
Erdogan had even hinted at a plebiscite which is a red rag to India by observing that “we are in favour of solving this issue through dialogue within the framework of UN resolutions, especially in line with the expectations of the people of Kashmir”.
However, the relevant UNSC resolution asks Pakistan to first remove its troops and personnel from the region. Erdogan rubbed a few more countries the wrong way in his speech and in case of Armenia and Azerbaijan, even named them. Last year at the same event, Pakistan and Malaysian PMs, besides Erdogan, had touched the Kashmir issue.