India condemns OIC remarks on J and K
India has condemned the Orgainization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) remarks on Jammu and Kashmir, which has been termed by it as a sovereign country in a reference recently by OIC.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin Friday said in response to a question: "We have noted that there is an erroneous and factually incorrect mention about an integral part of India by the OIC in its communique issued at its Fourth Extraordinary Summit held in Mecca on August 14-15, 2012. This is wrong, unacceptable, and we reject it."
Earlier, the OIC communique had stated, "The Summit affirms its solidarity and full support for Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir, Iraq, Yemen, Ivory Coast, the Union of Comoros and the Republic of Turkish-Cyprus in addressing the challenges facing these countries."
On if India wants NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) to get involved in a more elaborate way vis-à-vis Syria, he said: "Our position remains the same. It is for the Syrians to decide what sort of a Government they want. It is an internal process that is exclusive to them. We in India are not here to pronounce any views on that process, and we would abide by what the Syrian people decide purely as an internal process."
"So, whatever has appeared which is contrary to that is certainly not in consonance with what we have been repeatedly saying everywhere."
He said on the Nonaligned Movement's discussion on this subject, "sure this is likely to be a major subject because it has gathered traction globally."
"We will see how this progresses. There is still time for the senior officials' meeting of the Nonaligned Movement which will start on Monday the 27th August, if I am not mistaken. We will only know at that stage because there have been several developments since the Nonaligned Movement considered this issue last time. As I said, when we have a briefing on the Nonaligned Movement we would be in a better position to explain to you the dynamics of the discussions there in that forum."
On if India is going to oppose any decision or any move to expel Syria from the Organisation, he said: "We do not answer hypothetical questions. I have not seen any proposal of the sort that you are mentioning. There were proposals which were discussed in the Arab League and in the OIC. But we have not seen any proposal of the nature that you are saying in the Nonaligned Movement."
"Should that come about, we are one player of many there. And we will certainly take a decision at that stage, should this hypothetical question come about."