UNSC Has Decided A Council on Kashmir After 50 Years
- Out of five permanent members only china favours Pakistan stance
- Meeting has been decided on request of china quoting Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s letter to held stance on Kashmir
UNITED NATIONS: A consultative meeting is held today by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in order to discuss the Kashmir problem, as Pakistan calls on the global body to implement its own resolution on this 70-year-old dispute.
Pakistan’s UN envoy Maleeha Lodhi said. “We hope the Security Council discussion will be guided by the statement of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who has voiced concern over the situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir,”
She pointed out that the secretary general had also emphasised the need to resolve this “issue in accordance with applicable Security Council Resolutions and the Charter of the United Nations”. The UNSC resolutions uphold the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination while the UN charter guarantees their basic human rights.
Mr Guterres also voiced his worry last week, as Ambassador Lodhi has said, about the condition of human rights in Kashmir, India.
On Pakistan's petition to address the current scenario in the IHK, China convened a advisory session on Friday. During the closed-door conference, there will be briefings and consultations to determine how to continue. The conference may decide to make a declaration or may propose that the Security Council call an urgent session.
At the request of China, a Security Council consultative meeting will decide whether on the present scenario in the occupied valley, security council should hold an urgent meeting
However, the UN Security Council has for the first time in more than 50 years held a special, advisory, Kashmir conference.
“The issue before the Security Council is also about the pain, suffering and plight of over 14 million people who have been now locked up in their own homes,” Saying the need for the UNSC to fulfill its commitments, Ambassador Lodhi stressed.
She concentrated on the situation of the Kashmiri people and added: “Their state has been dismembered; their liberty stolen so that the Indian government can take away their identity.”
Since early this month, ambassador Lodhi and his team have worked tirelessly to notify UN Members of Indian policy on threatening peace and stability in South Asia by the choice of India to revoke Kashmir's unique status. But Pakistan does not seem to benefited from the present structure of the Council.
Only one of the five permanent participants, China, favours Pakistan actively. The four others— Britain, France, Russia and the US— wish for India and Pakistan to deal bilaterally on the Kashmir conflict. Whilst India favours this stance too, it refuses to speak about Kashmir because it calls the Kashmir problem a internal affair.
Two-year representatives–Belgium, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, and South Africa, are the ten non-permanently appointed members of the United Nations General Assembly. Although two of these countries–Indonesia and Kuwait–have previously sympathised with Pakistan, it will be hard to convince others to support the Chinese request.
On Wednesday, Poland's present President Joanna Wronecka of the United Nations, stated that the council was scheduled to meet on 16 August to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the request of China.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi sent a letter earlier this week to Ms. Wronecka requesting the Council to convene an urgent meeting on India's choice by revoking Article 370 of its own Constitution, which was intended for making Jammu and Kashmir the Union Territory.
China has called, by a quotation from the letter sent by Mr. Qureshi, for Jammu and Kashmir meeting. On his return from a trip to China, Mr. Qureshi told that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi fully assured him to support at the UNSC.