Security Council to discuss Kashmir issue on China’s request

Security Council to discuss Kashmir issue on China’s request

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United Nations, Aug 16: After more than 40 years, Kashmir will figure in a Security Council closed-door consultative meeting. The consultations, scheduled to take place at 10 am (7:30 IST), has been sought by China on Pakistan’s request to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir after India revoked the State's special status and reorganised it into two Union Territories.

Poland’s Joanna Wronecka, the current president of the UN Security Council, disclosed on Wednesday that it would meet on August 16 to discuss the situation in J&K, at China's behest. New Delhi has categorically told the international community that its abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, dispensing with the special status to J&K, was an internal matter and advised Pakistan to "accept the reality".

Four of the five permanent members - US, Russia, France and UK - support India's stand that Kashmir is a bilateral issue.  The meeting format also precludes Pakistan from participation, diplomats said. Reports say Islamabad would find it difficult to garner support from the 10 non-permanent members -- Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa.

Beijing's request According to a copy of the request obtained by TASS on Wednesday, as a permanent member of the Council, China supported Pakistan’s call to address the situation in J&K, and requested consultations behind closed doors on Thursday or Friday, ."China request the Security Council to hold closed consultations under the agenda "India-Pakistan Question" in the afternoon of 15 Aug or the morning of 16 Aug and invite the Department of Political and Peace building Affairs and Department of Peace Operations to brief the Council," the document reads.

Earlier this week, Pakistan requested a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the fate of Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was made by Poland, which holds the council’s rotating presidency this month. Moscow does not object to holding such a meeting, but the matter should be discussed behind closed doors, Russia’s acting UN envoy, Dmitry Polyansky, told reporters on Wednesday. He said the UN Security Council members need to coordinate their positions first, because the Jammu and Kashmir issue has not been on its agenda for quite a while.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on Wednesday, highlighted in his phone conversation with Pakistani counterpart Mehmood Qureshi the importance of defusing tensions with India. In a tweet, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday predicted the failure of Indian government's attempts. (UNI)