Nudged by Pakistan, China’s Bid to Raise Kashmir at UNSC Falls Flat as Members Call for Bilateral Resolution

Nudged by Pakistan, China’s Bid to Raise Kashmir at UNSC Falls Flat as Members Call for Bilateral Resolution

January 16, 2020 0 By Virendra Yadav

China’s attempts to raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Security Council at the behest of “all-weather” ally Pakistan failed to bear fruit as most members sought a bilateral resolution to the conflict between neighbours.

Sources told News18 that US, UK, France and Russia were of the view that the Kashmir issue did not need to be discussed at the UNSC and should instead be settled bilaterally.

The move by China is the third such attempt since August when the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution was scrapped by the government, and the state was bifurcated into two Union Territories.

In August, China pushed for a UNSC meeting on Kashmir after the government scrapped J&K’s special status. However, the meeting did not yield the desired results as the member-states maintained that India’s move was an internal issue

Last month, France, the United States, United Kingdom and Russia had foiled an attempt by China to discuss Kashmir at a closed-door meeting of the UNSC.

Welcoming the move, India’s Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin said the outcome was on expected lines. “We are happy that neither the alarming scenario painted by the representatives of Pakistan nor any of the baseless allegations made repeatedly by various representatives of Pakistan in UN fora were found to be credible,” he said.

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