The UN Security Council held a close door meeting to discuss the current situation of Jammu and Kashmir. The outcome of the UNSC meeting will not be a formal pronouncement as the consultations are informal in nature.
India and Pakistan did not attend the meeting, which is open only to the five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members.
However, the United Nations have urged India and Pakistan to solve the outstanding issues bilaterally
The members of the Security Council were briefed by Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Taranco and Lieutenant General Carlos Loitey on the situation of Jammu and Kashmir and the work of United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan.
— The members of the Security Council urged the parties to refrain from actions that would exacerbate tensions in the region.
— The members reaffirmed relevant Council resolutions on the issue.
— The members called on India and Pakistan to avoid actions that would escalate the situation along the Line of Control.
— The members voiced support for India and Pakistan to settle the dispute through peaceful manner, including through direct dialogue, based on related bilateral agreements in accordance with UN Charter.
— The members also agreed to follow the situation closely.
Chinese envoy to the UN, “The security general made a statement to refrain from taking unilateral action which is dangerous. Issue should be resolved in accordance with UN Charter.” However, he added that China was deeply concerned about the situation.
Russian envoy to UN, “We are friends and good partners with both India and Pakistan. We have no hidden agendas. So, we will open-heartedly continue to engage with Islamabad and New Delhi in order to help both of them come to terms and have good neighbourly relations.”
“Russia continues to consistently promote normalisation of India-Pakistan ties. We hope that existing divergences around Kashmir will be settled bilaterally by political and diplomatic means only on the basis of Shimla agreement of 1972 and Lahore declaration of 1999, in accordance with UN charter, relevant UN resolutions and bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan”
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said, “Issued will be resolved bilaterally. Pakistan is trying to mislead the world. (If Pakistan) Stop terror to start talks. We are committed to Shimla agreement.” He also added that Pakistan failed to honour bilateral pacts.”
“We’re committed to gradually removing all restrictions. Since the change is internal to India, have not made any difference to our external orientation. India remains committed to ensure that the situation there (J&K) remains calm and peaceful,” Akbaruddin added.
“The recent decisions taken by the Government of India and our legislative bodies are intended to ensure that good governance is promoted, social-economic development is enhanced for our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.”
When a Pakistani journalist asked Syed Akbaruddin about when will New Delhi begin a dialogue with Pakistan, he did this:
#WATCH: Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador to UN says,"so, let me start by coming across to you and shaking hands. All three of you," to a Pakistani journalist when asked,"when will you begin a dialogue with Pakistan?" pic.twitter.com/0s06XAaasl
— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2019
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