One more attempt by China to internationalize the issue of Kashmir, at the behest of its all-weather ally Pakistan, failed very badly at the United Nations on Wednesday.
China sought a “closed-door consultation” under “AOB” (Any Other Business) at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after the listed issues were discussed. The meeting was based on the old request of Pakistan and was scheduled for December 24 but could not take place. But the meeting ended with Zero Outcome.
Indian envoy to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin said, “We are happy that neither the alarmist scenario painted by neither representatives of Pakistan, nor any of the baseless allegations in UN were found to be credible today.”
There were no takers for China’s request. All other 14 members of the UNSC were of the view that this was not a matter that needed discussion at this point.
2 big countries – France and UK – came out and categorically called it a “bilateral” issue between India and Pakistan. Russian envoy Dmitry Polyanskiy also agreed Kashmir is a bilateral matter. French diplomatic sources said, “France has noted the request of a UNSC member Chine to raise the issue of Kashmir once again in this body. France’s position has not changed and is very clear: the Kashmir issue must be settled bilaterally as we have stated on several occasions.”
Ambassador Akbaruddin called out the distractions that were being created by Pakistan at a time when Indian administration has been trying to make efforts to normalize the situation in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
“We are glad that the effort was viewed as a distraction and it was pointed by many friends that bilateral mechanisms are available to raise and address issues that Pakistan may have in its ties with India,” said the envoy. Similarly, another member of the UNSC called Kashmir a “bilateral” issue. Speaking on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said, “It is a bilateral issue.”
The decision to push for Kashmir at the UNSC by Pakistan through China comes days after India took a batch of 15 foreign envoys to Jammu and Kashmir. There have also been some relaxations in broadband and 2G data usage for essential services and the release of a few political detainees.
The P5 minus China and the other ten member states in the room stood opposed to the idea of discussing the issue.