Tuesday, November 16, 2010


New York, Nov 16: Pakistan has objected to the non- mentioning of "Kashmir dispute" in the context of unresolved long-running conflicts under the observation of the United Nations Security Council as mentioned by the UK's top diplomat during an annual debate on UNSC reforms.
Pakistan said the UNSC has to recalibrate its efforts in conflict prevention and take more recourse to pacific settlement of disputes.
The paper said Ambassador Amjad Hussain B. Sial,Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, has conveyed his concern to the UNSC.
"This is particularly important in cases of inter-state conflicts. Major unresolved issues, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir are on the agenda of the Security Council, awaiting settlement for a long time. Even in the case of issues that are routinely discussed --- like the Palestine issue, the Council seems to have abdicated its role to individual countries or informal groupings. It needs to redress this to effectively discharge its responsibilities of maintaining international peace and security," he said.
"We understand this was an inadvertent omission, as Jammu and Kashmir is one of the oldest disputes on agenda of the Security Council," he said.
Speaking earlier at the General Assembly, the UK envoy to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant, said that "some long-running situations, including in the Middle East, Cyprus and Western Sahara remain unresolved, as do issues where the Council has become engaged in recent years, including Nepal and Guinea Bissau."
"Huge challenges remain in Sudan, Somalia and the DRC," he added.
Pakistan has been asking the UN to intervene to help resolve the issue but India has always maintained that it has to be resolved bilaterally between the two countries and without mediation of third party.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said that the UN will not intervene in Kashmir issue until requested by both the parties -- India and Pakistan.
"As far as this role of good offices is concerned, the United Nations normally takes that initiative when requested by both parties concerned," Ban said in October.
"India and Pakistan, they are neighbouring countries, important nations in that region - peace and security would have important implications," he added.


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