Karen Pierce
Karen Pierce

UN Council not to discuss Kashmir


The UN Security Council will not discuss the issue of Kashmir this month, Ms. Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the UK, and president of the Security Council for November has said, underlining that there are a lot of issues going on in the world.

'No, we don’t have anything scheduled on Kashmir,' Ms. Pierce said as Britain assumed the monthly presidency of the 15-nation top organ. She was asked by a Syrian reporter if any meeting or discussion is scheduled on Kashmir during her Presidency.

'There are a lot of issues going on in the world and each month Presidency picks a few that are not routinely scheduled as part of the rhythm of the Security Council’s business' she said.

'We have not picked Kashmir because the Security Council had an opportunity to discuss it recently and we have not been asked by any other Security Council member to schedule a meeting,' Ms. Pierce said.

After Pakistan and China sought such a meeting, the Security Council had in August held closed consultations to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. China asked for 'closed consultations' on the matter after Pakistan, Beijing’s closest ally, wrote to the world body.