UN chief silent on Kashmir issue

UN chief silent on Kashmir issue


A spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has declined to comment on claims that scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir's special status by India is in violation of the Security Council resolutions, reiterating only that the UN chief is following the developments  with concern. India on Monday revoked Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it  into two Union Territories.

"I think we've expressed our… we said very clearly that we are following the developments in the region with concern. We…the Secretary General's position at this point is to urge all parties to exercise restraint," spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, said at the daily press briefing. Asked if the Secretary General believed India's decision is a violation of the UN resolutions, he said, "No, no, I understand what you asked, but unfortunately, at this point, you'll have to settle for that as my answer."

On whether the Secretary General had received a letter from Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the issue, Dujarric said he was aware of  press reports that the letter had p been sent.