UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir behind closed doors on Friday: Diplomats

United Nations, August 15

The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to discuss India's move to revoke the special status to Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting behind closed doors, diplomats told AFP.

Poland, which currently holds the council's rotating presidency, has listed the matter for discussion at 10 am (1400 GMT) on Friday, the diplomats said. 

China has formally asked for “closed consultations” in the UN Security Council to discuss India revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan, Beijing’s closest ally, wrote a letter on the issue to Poland, the Council President for the month of August, a top diplomat said earlier.

The UN diplomat told PTI that a request for such a meeting was submitted very recently, but no date had yet been scheduled for it.

“China asked for closed consultations on the Security Council agenda item ‘India Pakistan Question’. The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to the Security Council President,” the diplomat said.

Pakistan formally called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss India revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi recently said.

Qureshi has sent a formal letter to the president of the Security Council, Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, through country’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi to convene the meeting. Qureshi said the letter would also be shared with all members of the UNSC.

“I have requested in the letter that a special meeting of the Security Council should be called to discuss those actions of India which we consider as illegal and against the UN resolutions,” he said.

Qureshi had air-dashed to Beijing for consultation with the Chinese leadership on the issue of raising the Kashmir issue at the UNSC.

He had also said China backed Pakistan on the issue and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang told him he believed “China will stand up for justice on the Kashmir issue”.

During his bilateral meeting with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi on Monday in Beijing, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveyed that the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter of India.

He said the issue related to changes in a temporary provision of the Constitution of India and was the sole prerogative of the country.

Jaishankar noted that the legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development and there was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

“India was not raising any additional territorial claims. The Chinese concerns in this regard were, therefore, misplaced,” he said.

Jaishankar told Wang that these changes had no bearing on Pakistan as it was an internal matter.

“It did not impact the LoC. Where India-Pakistan relations are concerned, Chinese side should base its assessment on realities. India, as a responsible power, had shown restraint in face of provocative Pakistani rhetoric and actions. India has always stood for normalisation of the ties in an atmosphere free of terror,” he said.

After India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and announced the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, Pakistan announced that it would approach the UN Security Council against New Delhi’s decision.

India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to “accept the reality”. PTI/AFP

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