day after the United Nations General Assembly president Volkan Bozkir said Pakistan is “duty-bound” to raise the Kashmir issue in the UN more strongly, India responded sharply by calling the statement “unacceptable”. It said his “behaviour is truly regrettable and surely diminishes his standing on the global platform”.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We express our strong opposition to the unwarranted references made with respect to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir by the President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA) Volkan Bozkir during his recent visit to Pakistan.”
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The statement said, “When an incumbent President of the UN General Assembly makes misleading and prejudiced remarks, he does a great disservice to the office he occupies” adding, his “behaviour is truly regrettable and surely diminishes his standing on the global platform.” India also dismissed equating of Palestine and J&K saying that there is no ” basis for comparison to other global situations.”
During his Pakistan visit, the UNGA president equated Palestine with Jammu and Kashmir issue and said it’s the “duty of Pakistan to bring this to UN Platform more strongly”. Volkan Bozkır is a Turkish diplomat and politician and the first Turkish National to hold the post of president of the United Nations General Assembly. The term of the presidency of UNGA is for a one-year term and the president is expected to remain impartial.