China's Kashmir play in UNSC flops again
16 January 2020
China has made a fresh bid to raise the Kashmir issue in a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Wednesday, only to miserably fail in the attempt as all other member countries of the body opposed it.
China’s move is seen as another Pakistan attempt to raise Jammu and Kashmir at the UN Security Council a month after the top UN body dumped it saying it was not the place to discuss the issue.
India slammed the move, asking Islamabad to focus on addressing issues like sheltering terrorists to improve relations with New Delhi.
"Pakistan's practice of using false pretences to distract from addressing the malaise that afflicts it, has run its course today," reports cited India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin as saying.
“Today @UN...our flag is flying high. Those that launched a “False Flag” effort got a stinging response from our many friends... “ — Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) January 15, 2020
"We once again saw an effort made by one member state of the UN fail in plain view of all others," Akbaruddin told news agency PTI, after Pakistan's "all-weather ally" China made the fresh pitch to raise the Kashmir issue under "other matters" during closed consultations in the Security Council Consultations Room.
"We are happy that neither alarmist scenario painted by the representatives of Pakistan nor any of the baseless allegations made repeatedly by representatives of Pakistan in the UN fora were found to be credible today," said Akbaruddin.
A top European diplomat said the issue should be resolved bilaterally and it was a "domestic affair".
Coming out of the meeting, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said: "We had a meeting on Jammu and Kashmir. And I'm sure you all know that foreign minister of Pakistan wrote letters to the Security Council asking the Security Council to pay attention to the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir."
When asked if the meeting advanced anything, he said: "I am sure the meeting will be helping both parties to understand the risk of further escalation and will encourage them to approach to each other and to have dialogue and to seek means, to seek solutions through dialogue. I think that will be helpful".
This was China’s 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.
Last month, France, the US, the UK and Russia foiled an attempt by China to discuss Kashmir at a closed-door meeting of the Security Council.
While most countries have backed India's position that Kashmir is an internal matter and a bilateral one, there have been concerns expressed about the detentions of political leaders and the internet restrictions. These concerns were expressed by the US again last week.