President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Volkan Bojkir said on Thursday that it is Pakistan’s duty to bring the issue of Jammu and Kashmir dispute to the United Nations stage more strongly.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi following today’s meeting, the UNGA president said there was a lack of greater political will to resolve the Kashmir dispute than the Palestinian issue, behind which there was more will . .
“I think it is the duty, especially of Pakistan, to bring it [issue] More firmly on the UN platform, ”Bozkir said, adding that he agreed that the Palestinian issue and the Kashmir issue were of the same age.
He called on all sides to refrain from changing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and said that solutions should be found in peaceful ways as per the UN Charter and the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, as between Pakistan and India. There is agreement in Shimla agreement. .
Addressing the press conference, FM Qureshi said that he had briefed the President about the “grave situation” in Indian occupied Kashmir and drew his attention to the similarities between the Palestinian and Kashmir issues. He highlighted the common demands of the people and said that both the issues have been a UNSC agenda item for decades.
“Attention. These are international obligations. The UN must play that role of responsibility that is outstanding,” the foreign minister stressed.
“The Kashmir dispute is a reality and no one can deny it nor remove it from the agenda of the UNSC.”
Speaking about other topics discussed in the meeting, Qureshi said that he had also briefed Bozkir about the evolving situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s role in the peace process. For his part, the president said that many countries thought they were important but “some are more important.”
He said that the resolution of the Afghan issue would have regional and global implications so “I think what Pakistan is doing together with Turkey and Afghanistan is very important,” adding that taking the opportunity and “appreciating your efforts and Hope you will come up with a success story”.
Bozkir also praised Prime Minister Imran Khan and his efforts, particularly the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami initiative, voicing difficulties faced by countries over debt issues and Pakistan’s performance in tackling COVID-19, which he said “Notable” and said comparatively. Much better than other countries. He also lauded FM Qureshi’s leadership on the Palestinian issue and said that he has represented Pakistan “very well” in the world.
FM Qureshi thanked the UN General Assembly President for his visit and said: “We always look forward to your visit to Pakistan, you are a friend of Pakistan and in our humble way […] We will accept it and recognize your services. “
Meeting with PM Imran
Later in the day, Bozkir met Prime Minister Imran and the two discussed regional and international peace and security, sustainable development and economic reform efforts in the wake of the Kovid-19 epidemic.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Prime Minister and the UNGA President exchanged views on Palestine, the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, the Afghan peace process, and illegal financial flows from the proceeds of crime, corruption and bribery.
The Prime Minister praised Bozkir’s role in convening a special session of the United Nations General Assembly on the situation in Palestine, emphasizing the need for “a just and lasting solution in line with relevant UN resolutions and a two-state vision”.
Prime Minister Imran also underlined “Pakistan’s strong commitment to multilateralism with the United Nations playing a central role”. He highlighted the need for increasing international cooperation to deal with climate change and environmental degradation, and debt relief for developing countries as they deal with the economic effects of the epidemic.
For his part, Bozkir informed the Prime Minister about the various initiatives taken by the UNGA during his presidency to address key international political and socioeconomic issues.
meeting with foreign minister
Bozkir, who arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday, met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the Foreign Office (FO) earlier today.
During the meeting, the situation in Palestine and occupied Kashmir, the Afghan peace process and matters of mutual interest were discussed.
Welcoming Bojkir to the FO, FM Qureshi appreciated the efforts of the UNGA President to convene an emergency session of the Assembly on the Palestine issue. He said, “The ceasefire was the first step towards stopping Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians and succeeded on this front.”
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The Foreign Minister also stressed the need to resolve the issues of Palestine and Kashmir as per UN Security Council resolutions.
“Peace in the Middle East will remain elusive without a permanent solution to the Palestine issue,” he said. Similarly, peace cannot be established in South Asia without resolving the Kashmir issue, he said.
Commenting on the Afghan peace process, Qureshi said that Pakistan’s role as a mediator has been recognized internationally.
He also lauded the UNGA President’s ‘Vaccine for All’ initiative and said that vaccination was essential to defeat the virus.
According to FO spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chowdhury, Bozkir reiterated “the UN position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is governed by the UN Charter and relevant UNSC resolutions, which call for an ‘free and fair’ referendum under the aegis of the United Nations . “
The UNGA President also visited the National Defense University Pakistan and delivered a speech on the importance of multilateralism.
Speaking at the university, Bozkir praised the government’s measures for social support during the Kovid-19 epidemic and its strategy for tackling the epidemic, saying that it produced positive results.
He said the distribution of emergency cash assistance to the most vulnerable citizens before and during the epidemic demonstrated how “developing countries can make the leap into the digital age to support financial inclusion”.
The UNGA president also praised Prime Minister Imran Khan for highlighting the importance of illegal financial flows and the “professionalism and dedication” of the Pakistani military and law enforcement agencies working in UN peacekeeping operations.
In a press release issued yesterday, the FO said that Bojkir’s visit would provide an opportunity to showcase Pakistan’s active contribution to multilateralism and the central role of the United Nations in international affairs.
It stated that “Pakistan is committed to supporting the United Nations General Assembly to achieve the common objectives of maintaining international peace and security; economic and social development; promotion and protection of human rights; peaceful resolution of international disputes; and Developing friendly relations between nations based on the principle of equal rights and self-determination of the people, as enshrined in the objectives and principles of the United Nations Charter. “
Bozkir, who is the first Turkish citizen to preside over UNGA, also visited Pakistan in August 2020 before assuming the role of UNGA chief. He is a former diplomat and a senior politician.
After his 39-year-long diplomatic career in Turkey’s Foreign Service, Bozkir was elected as a member of the Turkish Parliament three times and served as chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee and Minister of European Union Affairs.