Friday, October 8, 2010


Srinagar, Oct 8 (Only Kashmir): Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference Friday welcomed the statement of UN General Secretary, Ban-Ki-Moon expressing readiness to mediate on the vexed Kashmir issue if asked by both India and Pakistan. Chairman of his faction of the Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while welcoming Moon’s offer to serve as a mediator said the United Nations was “morally and legally bound to take steps in this regard in view of India taking the matter to the UN and the subsequent 17 resolutions passed in the international body in favour of the right to self determination for Kashmiris.”
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, while terming the recent statements of America and United Nations regarding the Kashmir issue as “encouraging”, asked US President Barack Obama and UN General Secretary, Ban-ki-Moon to keep in mind the fact that the issue of Kashmir was not a border issue between India and Pakistan and hence cannot be resolved through bilateral talks.”
Geelani said that both the leaders should understand that Kashmir is an “international dispute” and that India and Pakistan had failed to resolve it bilaterally despite more than 150 rounds of dialogue. “Instead, the issue kept on growing more complex with lakhs of people losing their lives,” he said.
The Hurriyat leader also demanded that India should not be a permanent seat in the UN unless “ it resolves the Kashmir issue for which Kashmiris have laid down huge sacrifices is resolved according to their wishes and aspirations.”
“In the case the UN grants India this position without a resolution of the issue it would amount to murder of democratic principles and also raise questions about the credibility of the international body,” he said.
Geelani also asked America to help Kashmiris get their democratic right, right to self-determination to uphold its claims of being a champion of democracy.
Geelani urged Ban-Ki-Moon to use his good office and play a role in resolving the issue as a “party to the dispute”.
The sacrifices of Kashmiris, Geelani said, had made the international community more sensitive towards the importance of resolving the 63-year-old dispute. “The world has finally begun to realise that peace and stability in South Asia cannot be possible without a resolution to the Kashmir problem,” Geelani said in a statement issued.


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