UNSC members voice serious concern over situation in IIOJK


Observer Report

New York

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) members on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the current situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) when the 15-member body met. The urgent session was on the occasion of one-year passing since India’s “illegal” action to end the special status of the disputed state, according to a press re-lease issued by the Chinese Mission
The meeting, which was requested by Pakistan with the support of China, discussed the situation in Kashmir, and listened to the briefings from the United Nations
Secretariat on the current situation and the work of United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which monitors the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, it said.
The closed-door meeting was presided over by Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani of Indonesia, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of August.
The Security Council members expressed the hope that relevant parties would exercise “restraint and properly resolve relevant issues through dialogue to jointly maintain regional peace and stability,” the press release said.
Reaffirming China’s principled position on Kashmir at the meeting, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said last August, India “unilaterally” changed the status quo of Kashmir through constitutional amendments, stoking tensions in the region.
A year later, he said, there was no fundamental improvement but a risk of further escalation in the situation of Kashmir. China was seriously concerned about the current situation in Kashmir and the relevant military actions.
“We oppose unilateral actions that will complicate the situation,” the Chinese envoy said. “We call on relevant parties to exercise restraint and act prudently.

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