UNMOG Has No Link To Kashmir Issue: Omar

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SRINAGAR: Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday backed New Delhi on withdrawing the UN Military Observers Group in Kashmir, saying that the mission had played no role in reducing Indo-Pak tensions across the LoC, and had no bearing on the Kashmir issue.

“The presence of the UN Military Observers in the state has no connection with the Kashmir issue,” Abdullah told reporters here. “But still some people may try to create confusion over the issue.”

“The posting of the mission (the United Nations Military Observers Group In India and Pakistan, or UNMOGIP) was aimed at reducing tensions between India and Pakistan,” he said.

“When it was posted over three decades ago, it had been assigned to monitor the line dividing the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and play their role to de-escalate tensions between the two countries,” he said.

“But in actual fact, nothing of this role has been seen over the past thirty years,” he said.

“The UN Military Observers were duty-bound to ensure that India and Pakistan respected the Line of Control, but they failed in this also,” he said.

“Whenever Indo-Pak tensions have mounted across the LoC and whenever the situation has deteriorated, nothing has been seen of the UNMOG’s role,” he said.

“It has played no part in de-escalating frontier tensions or bringing the situation under control,” he said.

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