STOP TERROR TO START TALKS, INDIA TELLS PAKISTAN
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Reiterating that issues around Article 370, i.e., special status to Jammu & Kashmir, were an internal matter, India played down the significance of UN Security Council’s “closed consultation” meeting on Kashmir.
- Indian Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin accused Pakistan and China of attempting to impart greater significance to the meeting than was warranted.
- After the end of the Security Council’s closed consultations, it noted that two states who made national statements tried to pass them off as the will of the international community.
- Neither India nor Pakistan were part of the UNSC closed-consultations, which are informal meetings that do not have a formal outcome.
- The UN Security Council will discuss the Kashmir issue after China called for a closed-door meeting. Pakistan had written to Poland protesting India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 of its Constitution. Earlier, France had responded to Pakistan’s request, suggesting that a discussion be held in a ‘less formal manner’.
- Akbaruddin told reporters that the abrogation of Article 370 was done to enhance good governance and socio-economic development in Jammu and Kashmir and that the UNSC consultations had taken note of this and he mentioned that U.N. Security Council had appreciated India’s efforts to restore normalcy in Kashmir.
- India was committed to all agreements it had signed on the issue and said India would sit down to talk with Pakistan when the latter’s support for terror ceased.
- India’s commitment to address these issues on the bilateral track has very broad acceptance globally.
- The majority of UNSC members backed a bilateral dialogue in accordance with the Simla Agreement.
- The first to speak was China, a permanent member of the 15- member UNSC.
- China’s UN envoy Zhang Jun said UNSC members had “serious” concerns about the situation including the human rights situation.
- The Kashmir issue is an international and undecided one and must be peacefully resolved in accordance with the UN charter, UNSC resolutions and bilateral agreements.
- China and India share a disputed border in the Aksai Chin region of Ladakh.
- The UNSC consultation was held signified that the issue was not internal to India and that Pakistan stands ready for a “peaceful settlement” of the dispute.
- Lodhi quoted Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahood Qureshi as saying this was the first step Pakistan was taking on behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
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