UNSC to hold closed door talks on Kashmir on Friday

United Nations. Aug 16 : The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is set to hold a closed door meeting on Friday to discuss India’s decision to revoke Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the present situation in the Valley.

The discussion is likely to be held at 10:00 am (1400 GMT).

China , Islamabad’s all-weather ally, asked for a closed door consultation in UNSC after Pakistan wrote a letter on the issue to Poland, the Council President for the month of August and sought a meeting.

After India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) 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 will approach the UN Security Council against New Delhi’s decision.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi formally called for an emergency meeting of the UNSC to discuss India’s decision to revoke the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. He also said that New Delhi’s decision was “illegal and against the UN resolutions”.

The consultations on Wednesday were on Syria and Central Africa, but China also brought up the request for scheduling a consultation on Kashmir.China wanted consultation specifically on Kashmir to be taken up on Thursday, France said  more time should be given to other issues.

Qureshi claimed that 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”. Following Pakistan’s request, China also submitted a formal request with the UNSC for a meeting.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had urged India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” and refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir. Antonio Guterres had also highlighted the Simla Agreement, which rejects any third-party mediation on the issue.

Russia and India has signed weapons deal in which New Delhi is buying R-27 air-to-air missiles worth over Rs 1500 crore. The missiles will be fitted on the Su-30MKI fighter planes.

Therefore, Russia said that the action taken by New Delhi was taken under the constitutional framework. But countering its own statement, Moscow has also repeatedly said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and it should be resolved that way only.

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