OIC supports Kashmiris' right to self-determination
May 17, 2007 - 4:29:30 PM

Islamabad, May 17 - The Organisation of Islamic Conference - has stuck to its old stand by expressing full support for the Kashmiri people's right to self-determination even as it appreciated the India-Pakistan dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue.

With Pakistan's Foreign Minster Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri in chair, the OIC's Contact Group on Kashmir welcomed the peace process between Pakistan and India.

The Contact Group on Kashmir met Wednesday here alongside the 34th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers -. It said that by resolving the Kashmir issue, Pakistan and India could improve their relations and sustainable peace would be possible in the region.

Kasuri said that both countries are trying to resolve conflicts and talks are underway through a backdoor channel for resolution of the Kashmir issue, Online news agency reported.

In his address to the Contact Group, Kasuri highlighted the efforts of the Pakistani government for a meaningful, constructive and result-oriented dialogue to this end.

The foreign minister briefed the meeting about the Pakistan-India composite dialogue process and the various confidence-building measures taken to raise the comfort level of the Kashmiris.

He said that Pakistan was engaged in the Composite Dialogue with India to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute that is acceptable to Pakistan, India and the Kashmiri people.

They stressed the need for the restoration of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

The meeting was attended by ministers and representatives from Qatar, Syria, Sudan, Senegal, Niger, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Turkey and Palestine, Daily Times said Thursday.

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