Tension between Turkey and India: Tension escalated after earthquake aid
While Turkey was trying to heal the wounds of the earthquake on 6 February, a diplomatic crisis broke out between Ankara and New Delhi after India’s aid-rescue efforts in the region, called “Friendly Operation”, ended.
After the earthquake disaster in which more than 50 thousand people lost their lives in Turkey and Syria, a large number of aid came from the international community, while some aid groups left the region.
India’s aid teams, who came to the region right after the earthquake, managed a process called “Friendly Operation” and participated in search and rescue and aid efforts in the region. In recent weeks, as the Indian team left the region, the Indian media claimed that a new crisis had arisen between Ankara and New Delhi.
Hindustan Times, one of India’s most established newspapers, with a daily circulation of over one million, the words of Seema Pujani, the permanent representative of India in Geneva, during the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, increased the tension. While the Indian media reported that the delegates from Turkey made some statements about the Kashmir issue at the meeting, but it was not known what was said about it, it was noted that Pujani criticized both Turkey and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Indian media, “Turkey stabbed India in the back at the UN? New Delhi smashed the Erdogan government’s words on Kashmir. The Indian media also criticized such an outburst shortly after the end of Operation Friendly.
Pujani said, “We do not accept references to the OIC’s statements regarding the Jammu and Kashmir region. Turkey should refrain from making undesirable statements regarding our internal affairs.
Oneindia.com, one of India’s popular media outlets, said, “Turkey is one of Pakistan’s biggest allies and the leader of Turkey on Kashmir has made statements at the level of the United Nations General Assembly in recent years. These statements caused tension between Turkey and India in the past.” The Indian media also included the statement that “India has said in the past that these statements are completely unacceptable”.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE REGION?
Kashmir, located in the South Asian region between India, Pakistan and China, has been in the middle of conflict since 1947. After Britain’s withdrawal from India in 1947, the principality of Kashmir wanted to unite with India, while tensions arose when the people of the region called for it to join Pakistan. The sides first fought in 1947 when Pakistan and India also intervened with their armies. Later, the sides faced each other in 1965 and 1999.