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Something has changed pleasantly for India on Kashmir at UN General Assembly

9/06/2021 at 2:03 PM

By Arun Joshi

The election of  Maldivian  Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid  as  president of the  United Nations General Assembly  on Monday  is a big relief for India  in the international forum as the outgoing  UNGA president Volkan Bozkir was  an India-basher on Kashmir .

Volkan Bozkir , who had taken over  as the UNGA president last year to preside over the 75th session of the General Assembly , was a pro-Pakistan voice on Kashmir , and he made no bones about it. He  made an all-out effort to instigate Pakistan to raise Kashmir issue at the international forums, particularly  at the UN  with greater force as  recently as  last month .

On May 27  while addressing a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Pakistani capital Islamabad, Bozkir  had said: “ I think it is the duty , especially Pakistan ‘s to bring  this ( Kashmir issue) to the United nations platform more vigorously “ as he agreed with  his  hosts that “ the Palestinian issue  and the Kashmir issue  were of the same age.”

This press conference was held within a week after the Israel and Palestinians had entered into a ceasefire agreement ending their 11-day long war that had started with the clashes  at Sheikh Jabbar in east Jerusalem . The Islamic world had termed Israel as an aggressor .

Bozkir knew the nuances of what he was saying by putting by  determining the age of the Palestine conflict and Kashmir issue . What he wanted was also clear when he said that “there  was a lack of large political will for the resolution of the Kashmir issue compared to the Palestinian issue which had more will behind it”

Now with Abdullah Shahid, a friend of  India , to take over as the UNGA president , India would not have to face unpleasant remarks  like that of Bozkir. That means a lot in the diplomatic terms. As the outgoing UNGA president’s  words on Kashmir will get into record  with which his profile would be read by the researchers and others . Pakistan , as such, would always seek legitimacy of its stand on Kashmir using Bozkir’s words .

With Maldivian Foreign Minister all set to take over the new UNGA president , India can hope that the things will not be as hostile to it on Kashmir as those were under Bozkir, who did not leave  it to the imagination of anyone as to how he perceives Kashmir and how he would like the issue to be projected as an unresolved dispute at the UN platform. Turkey and Pakistan were on the same page when India scrapped Article 370 , doing away with the special status of Jammu and Kashmir . Turkey and Malaysia were the only countries that supported Pakistan’s stand on  Kashmir . But that was different from what  Bozkir had  done and said as  UNGA president.

About the Author:

Arun Joshi is a senior journalist based in J&K. He has worked with Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian Express and The Tribune.

He has authored “ Eyewitness Kashmir: Teetering on Nuclear War” and three other books.


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