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How European economic major Germany nixed Chinese plans on Kashmir in UNSC

ET has learnt that Germany advocated that there has been improvement on the ground situation in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and that there was no necessity to call another meeting of UNSC on the matter.

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Last Updated: Jan 18, 2020, 04.32 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: European economic major Germany, a non-permanent members of 15-member UNSC, strongly opposed Sino-Pak axis and Beijing's attempts to internationalise the Kashmir issue through the UN's highest body.

First in August and then again this week Germany took a strong stand on attempts to use UNSC for dialogue on Kashmir. ET has learnt that Germany advocated that there has been improvement on the ground situation in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and that there was no necessity to call another meeting of UNSC on the matter.

Germany further suggested that the Kashmir issue is bilateral in nature and that the two sides have been dealing with the situation bilaterally and should continue to do so, sources told ET. Germany also called for restraint and addressing the matter through dialogue.

China had once again failed to achieve an outcome on the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) closed door meet. It was the second such meeting in the UNSC on Kashmir since August 2019.

China sought a “closed-door consultation” under ‘AOB (any other business)’ at the UNSC after the listed issues were discussed. The meeting last Thursday was based on an earlier request by Pakistan which was scheduled for December 24 last year but could not take place at the time.

Barring China, all other 14 members of the UNSC were of the view that this was not a matter that needed discussion at this point, people aware of the matter told ET.

India’s permanent representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, said the outcome was on expected lines. “We are happy that neither the alarming scenario painted by the representatives of Pakistan nor any of the baseless allegations made repeatedly by various representatives of Pakistan in UN fora were found to be credible,” he said.

UK and France – came out and categorically called it a “bilateral” issue between India and Pakistan. The US also said that the issue did not belong “here (the UNSC)”.

Russian diplomat Dmitry Polyanskiy also said that Kashmir is a bilateral matter. “UNSC discussed Kashmir in closed consultations. Russia firmly stands for the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan. We hope that differences between them will be settled through bilateral efforts based on the 1972 Simla Agreement and the 1999 Lahore Declaration,” he tweeted.

MEA spokesperson said, “An effort was made by Pakistan through a member of the UNSC to once again misuse the platform of UNSC for discussing a bilateral matter. The overwhelming majority of the UNSC members were of the view that UNSC was not the right forum for such issues and this should be discussed bilaterally between India and Pakistan. The informal closed-door meeting, therefore, concluded without any outcome. It once again highlighted that Pakistan’s desperate measures to peddle baseless allegations and presenting an alarming scenario lacked any credibility.“

”We sincerely hope that the message has gone across loud and clear to Pakistan that if at all there is any matter between India and Pakistan that needs to be discussed, it should be discussed bilaterally. Pakistan can avoid this global embarrassment time and again by putting thier energy in something constructive.,” he said, adding, “China should seriously reflect on this global consensus, draw the proper lessons and refrain from taking such action in future.”

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