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Kashmir will not figure in Geneva UNSC meet

This issue was discussed recently and neither the president of the UNSC nor any member state picked this issue for Geneva, said Karen Pierce, the UK's permanent representative and current chair of the Security Council

The United Nations Security Council clarified on Friday that there would be no discussion on the Kashmir issue in November. “No, we don’t have anything scheduled on Kashmir,” Karen Pierce, the UK’s permanent representative and current chair of the Security Council, said, adding, “There are a lot of issues going on in the world and each month Presidency picks a few that are not routinely scheduled as part of the rhythm of the Security Council’s business.”

“We have not picked Kashmir because the Security Council had an opportunity to discuss it recently and we have not been asked by any other Security Council member to schedule a meeting,” Pierce said.

Pierce was answering a question posed by a Syrian journalist. “This time, Britain has got the responsibility of presiding over the Council. Is then there is a proposal for a meeting or discussion on Kashmir on his behalf” he had asked.

In fact, Britain, among the top-15 countries of the UN, has been assigned the chairman’s responsibility for November. A press conference was held on this occasion.

Kashmir discussed already

Pierce said, “We have not picked Kashmir because the Security Council had an opportunity to discuss it recently and we have not been asked by any other Security Council member to schedule a meeting.”

On 5 August, the Government of India neutralised Articles 370 and 35A that applied to Jammu and Kashmir. This was followed by tensions between India and Pakistan. Pakistan placed the matter in the UNSC where no country except China and Turkey supported it on the matter.

On the other hand, India has already made it clear to the world that the Kashmir is an internal issue of India and the country does not need mediators to talk to Pakistan.

After a lot of pleading by Pakistan, the UN Security Council had on 16 August initiated an unusual closed-door meeting to discuss the special situation in Jammu and Kashmir, but no results were forthcoming. There was no formal announcement as this consultation was informal. India and Pakistan did not participate in the meeting. The meeting was open to only five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members. It was a discussion not meant to end in an observation or address to India, and that is what happened.

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