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Crisis in Kashmir: Status Quo in the UN Security Council

2019-08-16T21:55:23.786Z

The situation in Kashmir was debated this Friday, August 16th at the UN Security Council. An in camera meeting at the end of which no decision was announced.


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The Security Council met on Friday (August 16th) to discuss the situation in Kashmir, but no decision has been announced. LOEY FELIPE / SC CHAMBER / AFP

The situation in Kashmir was debated this Friday, August 16th at the UN Security Council. An in camera meeting at the end of which no decision was announced.

With our correspondence in New York, Loubna Anaki

In calling for this meeting of the Security Council, Pakistan, supported by China, hoped to bring the matter to the international level. But in the end, the majority of Council members felt that this was a bilateral problem that needed to be resolved between India and Pakistan.

No common declaration, no decision. But the meeting itself is, to say the least, historic. The last time the Security Council debated Kashmir was in 1971, so it was almost 50 years ago. This may explain the lack of readiness of Member States to intervene for the moment in this crisis between two regional nuclear powers.

The Pakistani ambassador to the UN hailed the fact that the voices of Kashmiris have been heard. The Chinese representative was concerned about the situation and possible human rights violations in Kashmir. Charges of abuse denied by the Indian ambassador, who had a broad smile. No doubt satisfied with the result of the meeting.

Since it revoked the special status of Kashmir twelve days ago, New Delhi believes that the international community does not have to intervene, which did not prevent Donald Trump to call the two countries to dialogue. The US president spoke on the phone with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. Last July, he even proposed to mediate between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Source: rfi

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