China has said that the vexed issue of the Jaish chief Masood Azhar is 'moving towards a settlement' and dismissed reports that the United States, Britain and France had served it an ultimatum until April 23 to lift its 'technical hold' on designating him as a global terrorist.
The a fresh proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council came after the Pulwama attack and was moved by the three western nations. China had blocked the move by putting a 'technical hold' which made the US, backed by the UK and France, to move directly to UN Security Council (UNSC) to blacklist Azhar. China, a veto power, had opposed the move, saying the issue should be resolved at the 1267 Committee itself.
Reacting to reports about the April 23 deadline for China to lift its technical hold, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mr. Lu Kang said, 'I don’t know where you get such information. The both the UNSC and its subsidiary body 1267 Committee have clear rules and procedures and you to get clarification from the sources about where you get such information. He said China’s position was very clear and that the issue should be resolved through cooperation. 'We don’t believe that any efforts without the consensus of members will achieve a satisfying result.'