Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2020
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UNSC discusses grave situation in IoK for the second time in five months

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NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which met behind-closed-doors in New York, has discussed the grave situation in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) for the second time in five months, with diplomats voicing concern over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan.

After the meeting, China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun told reporters at UN Headquarters that we had a meeting on Jammu and Kashmir. He said the 15-member Council heard a briefing from the UN Secretariat on the situation.

He said the issue of Kashmir between India and Pakistan is always on the agenda of the Security Council. Replying to a question, the Chinese Ambassador to the UN said our position on Kashmir issue is very clear.

China regards Kashmir as a territory disputed between India and Pakistan and supports UN resolutions calling for the exercise by Kashmiri people of their right to self-determination through a UN-supervised plebiscite.

To another question, the Chinese envoy said he is sure the meeting helped both parties to understand the risk of further escalation and will encourage them to approach to each other and to have dialogue and to seek means to seek solutions through dialogues.

The ambassador recalled that recently Pakistan Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, had written letters to the Security Council to pay attention to the situation in occupied Kashmir. He maintained that the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India is always on the agenda of the Security Council. Replying to a question, the Chinese Ambassador said that China’s position on Kashmir dispute was very clear.

China recognizes Kashmir as a disputed territory between India and Pakistan and supports UN resolutions calling for the exercise by Kashmiri people of their right to self-determination through a UN-supervised plebiscite.

To another question, the Chinese envoy said he is sure the meeting helped both parties to understand the risk of further escalation and will encourage them to approach to each other and to have dialogue and to seek means to seek solutions through dialogues.

The Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Political and Peace-building Affairs briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Kashmir, followed by a discussion on the situation among Council members in which all of them participated.

Russian Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy in a Tweet said the UN Security Council in its closed door consultations discussed Kashmir issue.

He said Russia firmly stands for the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan. The Russian diplomat said we hope that differences between them will be settled through bilateral efforts based on the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the Lahore Declaration of 1999.