India rejects OIC foreign ministers' references to Kashmir

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 17:10 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) India Tuesday rejected the "factually incorrect and misleading" references made by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jammu and Kashmir at its session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in African nation Djibouti last week.

Responding to a question on resolutions adopted during the 39th Session of the OIC foreign ministers in Djibouti Nov 15−17, an external affairs ministry spokesperson said it had made misleading references to matters internal to the country.

"We note with regret that the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has once again made factually incorrect and misleading references to matters internal to India, including the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. We reject all such references/resolutions," the spokesperson said.

The OIC resolution had expressed regret at the attempt to malign the legitimate Kashmiri "struggle" by terming it as terrorism.

The contact group on Jammu and Kashmir which met on the sidelines of the council of foreign ministers, reaffirmed the "principal position of the OIC in fully supporting the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle to achieve their legitimate rights and stressed on considering new means for supporting them".

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