UNSC move on Kashmir 'clear message' for Pak; China must draw 'lessons': MEA

UNSC move on Kashmir 'clear message' for Pak; China must draw 'lessons': MEA

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New Delhi, Jan 16 : Close on the heels of UNSC yet again rejecting China's request to take up Kashmir issue for discussion, India on Thursday said a 'clear message' has gone that if at all the matter needs to be discussed it is only through bilateral mechanism between New Delhi and Islamabad.

"Most of the members were of the view that it (Kashmir) is a bilateral issue. Hence the closed door session did not come to any conclusion... We hope the message has gone loud and clear to Pakistan that if at all there is any matter between India and Pakistan that needs to be discussed, it should be done only bilaterally," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters here. To a question on how does India perceives China's stand on Kashmir vis-a-vis UNSC, he said: "I suggest that this question should be posed to the Chinese side as well.

China should seriously reflect on this global consensus, draw the proper lessons and refrain from taking such action in future". The spokesman said: "An effort was made by Pakistan through a member of the UNSC (read China) to once again misuse the platform of UNSC for discussing a bilateral matter. The overwhelming majority of the UNSC members were of the view that UNSC was not the right forum for such issues and this should be discussed bilaterally between India and Pakistan".

The informal closed-door meeting, therefore, concluded without any outcome, he said adding: "It once again highlighted that Pakistan’s desperate measures to peddle baseless allegations and presenting an alarming scenario lacked any credibility". Mr Kumar said: "Pakistan can avoid this global embarrassment time and again by putting their energy into something constructive". This was China's third initiative in recent times to hold a closed-door meeting to discuss Jammu and Kashmir at the UN Security Council. (UNI)