The United Nations Security Council, which met behind closed doors in New York, addressed the serious situation in Indian occupied Kashmir for the second time in five months, with diplomats expressing concern over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan.
China’s UN Ambassador Zhand Jun told the reporters after the meeting at UN Headquarters that they had a meeting on Jammu and Kashmir.
He said the 15-member Council heard a briefing from the UN Secretariat on the situation. Kashmir’s issue between India and Pakistan is always on the agenda of the Security Council, said Jun.
Replying to a question, the Chinese Ambassador to the UN said our position on Kashmir issue is very clear.
China views Kashmir as a region disputed between India and Pakistan and supports UN resolutions calling on the Kashmir people to exercise their right to self-determination through a UN-controlled plebiscite.
On another question, the Chinese envoy replied that he was sure that the meeting enabled both parties to understand the risk of further escalation and encouraged them to engage in dialog and to explore ways of finding solutions through dialogue.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet that Pakistan welcome UNSC to talk about Kashmir issue. He wrote,
“Pakistan welcomes UN Security Council discussing the situation in Jammu & Kashmir again. An internationally recognized dispute, J&K remains on the Security Council’s agenda & its consideration by the Council reflects a recognition of the seriousness of the prevailing situation”
He further wrote that J&K dispute must be resolved.
“J&K dispute must be resolved in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions & the will of the Kashmiri people. We will continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people until they secure their inalienable right to self-determination.”
Last year, at the closed session of the United Nations Security Council in New York, China expressed its serious concerns over the deteriorating situation in Indian occupied Kashmir.