Pakistan Formally Calls For Urgent UN Security Council Meeting On Kashmir
Sumaira FH 8 days ago Wed 14th August 2019 | 01:00 AM
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 13 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Aug, 2019 ) :Pakistan on Tuesday formally called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security council on the grim situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir following India's annexation of the disputed Kashmir region.
The request for the meeting was contained in a letter from Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi that Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi presented to Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, who is the president of the 15-member Council for the month of August.
The Council president will hold consultations with the Council members and fix a date for the meeting.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Lodhi began meeting the Council members again to update them on the situation in Kashmir.
In another development, Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, who is also in New York, said he hopes India and Pakistan can work out a "mutually beneficially solution" and favours dialogue between the two nations to sort out their differences after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Jacek Czaputowicz was here to address a Security Council briefing Tuesday on ''International humanitarian law - Seventieth anniversary of the Geneva Conventions: upholding humanity in modern conflict.'' Later, Czaputowicz addressed reporters at the UN Security Council stakeout where he was asked that Pakistan has demanded for the Security Council to be briefed on the situation in Kashmir following India's decision to scrap Kashmir's special status and whether Poland supports such a request as the Council President.
"We expressed concerns over current tensions between India and Pakistan resulting from the proposed changed status of Jammu and Kashmir. Poland believes that the dispute can only be resolved by peaceful means and here we fully support the reaction of the European Union and statement issued by Federica Mogherini.
We are in favour of dialogue between Pakistan and India to sort out the differences." Czaputowicz stressed that as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, "Poland stands ready, if needed, to engage" in preventing actions in security situation.
"I think that the Security Council will discuss that issue and take proper decision." When asked when will the Security Council meet to discuss the letter from Pakistan regarding Kashmir, Czaputowicz said, "I don't know. Simply, I got the information about the letter. We'll see," adding that the Polish Ambassador to the UN is "always here" and probably she will start consultations soon.
The Polish Ambassador however declined to comment on the issue.
"No comments," she had said at the Security Council stakeout at the UN headquarters last week, walking away as she was asked about Qureshi's letter to the Security Council.
Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing last week that the Secretary General has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir "with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint."The Secretary-General also "recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement, which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations."