UNSC discusses Kashmir situation in closed door meeting

“Three meetings in one year on Kashmir is great success of Pakistan”; comments Shah Mahmood

India rejects Chinese attempts to raise Kashmir issue. Beijing says “Indian actions not acceptable”

Nation special report

NEW YORK: Amidst hectic activities in regards to the Kashmir issue, observation of 5th August as “Day of Exploitation of J&K” by Islamabad and rejection of all these acts by New Delhi, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held an urgent meeting on Wednesday to review the situation.

According to diplomatic sources of the Security Council, the closed-door meeting of 15 members was held at the request of Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

“This 3rd meeting in a year by the UN Security Council serves as a stark repudiation to the Indian claim that Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter,” Mr Qureshi said in a tweet after the meeting. “It further reaffirms the validity of UN resolutions on the Kashmiri’s right to self-determination through an impartial plebiscite.”

China, which is a permanent member of the Security Council, played a key role in arranging this meeting to underline the international community’s concerns on the atrocities India was committing in the occupied valley. All 15 members participated in the debate. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani of Indonesia, which holds the council’s presidency for August, presided the meeting.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that discussion on Kashmir issue at a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting is another diplomatic success for Pakistan. He said the issue of India taking unilateral illegal steps about the status of Jammu and Kashmir last year was debated on August 5. He said never before had the Kashmir issue been debated at the UN Security Council for the third time in a year.

Qureshi said he had written a letter to the UN Security Council President informing him that the human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) has fast been deteriorating, and the issue needs to be debated by the Council.

He said he is thankful that not only the issue was included in the agenda of the UN Security Council meeting within 72 hours of his request but it was also debated at length while 14 out of 15 members of the Council took part in the debate.

India rejects

India on Thursday ‘firmly rejected’ China’s attempts to raise Kashmir issue at the United Nations Security Council and asked Beijing to draw proper conclusions from such “infructuous attempts”.
Hours after Beijing backed an attempt by Pakistan to discuss the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, said this is not the first time China has sought to raise a subject that is solely an internal matter of India. “We have noted that China initiated a discussion in the UN Security Council on issues pertaining to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” the ministry of external affairs said in a statement.
“This was not the first time that China has sought to raise a subject that is solely an internal matter of India. As on such previous occasions, this attempt too met with little support from the international community. We firmly reject China’s interference in our internal affairs and urge it to draw proper conclusions from such infructuous attempts,” it said.
Meanwhile, a source told ANI that at the UNSC meeting the United States had taken the lead and stood strong for a “no outcome” meet, for which there was a consensus among member countries with agreement by even the Chinese.

Chinese stand

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin has said that any unilateral change to the status quo in the ‘occupied Kashmir region’ by Indian government is illegal and invalid.

During news briefing, the spokesman said that China closely follows the situation in the Kashmir region. Our position on the Kashmir matter is consistent and clear, he clarified.

Wenbin said that the Kashmir issue is a dispute left over from history between Pakistan and India, which is an objective fact established by the United Nations Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements between the arch rivals.

The Kashmir region issue should be properly and peacefully resolved through dialogue and consultation between the parties concerned, he suggested.