India expressed its strong opposition and slammed UNGA president Volkan Bozkir for his remark that Pakistan was “duty bound” to raise the J&K issue more strongly in the UN and said his behaviour was truly regrettable and “surely diminishes his standing on the global platform”.
Bozkir’s remark came during his visit to Pakistan.
India said Bozkir’s behaviour was regrettable and “surely diminishes his standing on the global platform”. Bozkir had made the remark during his visit to Pakistan.
Responding to it, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) 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.”
Bozkir’s remarks that Pakistan is “duty bound” to raise this issue in the UN more strongly are unacceptable, Bagchi said in a statement. “Nor indeed is there any basis for comparison to other global situations.”
In a joint news conference with Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Bozkir also called upon the two countries to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of J&K even though he didn’t directly mention India’s decision to revoke the special status of J&K in 2019.
The comments will be seen as a violation of the code of ethics mentioned in Annex XI (a) for the President of the General Assembly as enshrined under resolution 70/305 of 13 September 2016.