Reiterating that issues around Article 370, i.e., special status to Jammu & Kashmir, were an internal matter, India played down the significance of UN Security Council’s “closed consultation” meeting on Kashmir.
Indian Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin accused Pakistan and China of attempting to impart greater significance to the meeting than was warranted.
Mr. Akbaruddin told reporters that the abrogation of Article 370 was done to enhance good governance and socio-economic development in Jammu and
Kashmir and that the UNSC consultations had taken note of this.
The first to speak was China , a permanent member of the 15- member UNSC. China’s UN envoy Zhang Jun said UNSC members had “serious” concerns about the situation including the human rights situation.
Mr. Zhang said that it was China’s view that the Kashmir issue is an international and undecided one and must be peacefully resolved in accordance with the UN charter, UNSC resolutions and bilateral agreements.
China and India share a disputed border in the Aksai Chin region of Ladakh.
Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said the fact that the UNSC consultation was held signified that the issue was not internal to India and that Pakistan stands ready for a “peaceful settlement” of the dispute.
What is UNSC?
The Security Council is primarily charged with maintaining peace and security amongst nations. TheSecurity Council consists of fifteen member states, five permanent members—China, France, Russia,the United Kingdom and the United States—and 10 non-permanent members which are elected for a two-year term.