China withdraws request for UNSC discussion on Kashmir
After hectic diplomatic talks between the Indian mission in New York and all 15 members of the UNSC (P5 permanent members and the 10 non-permanent members), the request was withdrawn
Amid reports that China had requested a second closed-door discussion at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Kashmir, India has learnt that the request has been withdrawn after several rounds of talks throughout Monday.
French diplomatic sources confirmed that the discussion would not be taking place.
"Kashmir will not be discussed in the Security Council today (Monday). Our position has been very clear, that is Kashmir issue has to be treated bilaterally. We have highlighted this several times recently, including in New York," said a government source.
China had requested for a discussion on the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir but after hectic diplomatic talks between the Indian mission in New York and all 15 members of the UNSC (P5 permanent members and the 10 non-permanent members), the request was withdrawn.
India's allies in the P5 also discussed the request and said that a second closed-door discussion was not required at this point. After much deliberation, China withdrew.
The schedule of UNSC for Tuesday does not have 'Kashmir' listed for discussion as was done on August 2 this year when it was listed as 'Consultations - India/Pakistan'.
In a letter to the Security Council on December 12, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed concerns about possible further escalation of tension.
"In view of the seriousness of the situation and the risk of further escalation, China would like to echo the request of Pakistan and request a briefing of the Council ... on the situation of Jammu and Kashmir," China's UN mission had written in a note to council members, as reported by Reuters.
This comes just days before India-China Special Representatives talks on the Boundary Question.
State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be in Agra for the 22nd round of talks on December 21.
(Courtesy: India Today)