United Nations ‘Reiterates’ Its Position On Kashmir

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UNITED NATIONS —  United Nations has reiterated  its position on Kashmir, underlining that “there is an observer group as mandated by the Security Council.”

A UN spokesperson also confirmed that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s phone call to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres centered on Kashmir. 

“I can confirm to you that the phone call did happen and it centered on the issue of Kashmir as brought up by the prime minister,” Guterres’s Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, told reporters, according to reports.

Asked to comment on Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar’s remark that Pakistan should mind its own business and “Kashmir is a part of India”, the spokesperson said, “Our position on Kashmir has been reiterated, there is an observer group as mandated by the Security Council.”

He added: “The prime minister called, wanted to speak to the secretary-general. It is only normal that the secretary-general speak to heads of government and heads of state, and, as I said, I can confirm that the call took place and that the prime minister raised the issue of Kashmir.”

Khan has reportedly asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to send a commission of inquiry to investigate the human rights violations in Kashmir as recommended by former UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein earlier this year.

Guterres had backed Zeid’s call for the investigation and the current Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has endorsed it. 

In a set of recent tweets, Khan said that “Kashmiris must be allowed to decide their future”. He also tweeted that Pakistan would raise the issue of India’s alleged human rights violations at the United Nations.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in response said that “the statements coming out from their side demonstrates the insincerity and duplicity”.

The UNMOGIP was established in January 1949 and currently has a total of 118 UN and civilian staff. Following the India-Pakistan war in 1971 and a subsequent ceasefire agreement of December 17 of that year, the tasks of UNMOGIP have been to observe, to the extent possible, developments pertaining to the strict observance of the ceasefire and to report there on to the Secretary-General.

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