UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” and refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir and also made reference to the Simla Agreement which rejects any third-party mediation on the issue.
The Secretary-General’s remarks came after India on Monday revoked Article 370 to withdraw the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Pakistan termed the Indian action as “unilateral and illegal”, and said it will take the matter to the UN Security Council.
Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric said: “The Secretary-General has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint. He also recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement, which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means.”
The UN are closely monitoring the situation and were in contact with the UN Secretariat both with the Indian and Pakistani authorities and with the Permanent Missions of India and Pakistan. Adding, that there is no plan for the Secretary-General to brief the Security Council over Kashmir.
Source : Various