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China calls for informal UN Security Council consultation after Pak FM's letter on Kashmir 

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WION New Delhi Aug 15, 2019, 10.29 AM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

China has asked for an informal closed-door consultation on how to react on Pakistan letter on Friday at the United Nations Security Council in New York. The informal consultation will see the exchange of views among the UNSC members on Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's letter to UNSC President Joanna Wronecka on Kashmir in the aftermath of New Delhi's decision to revoke Article 370 which granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The Pakistan FM asked the letter to be disseminated at the earliest and that a meeting of UNSC should be called but so far no such call has been taken. Pakistan is keen to have a meeting in which it gets right to speak and record of discussion takes place.

Equatorial Guinea, which is one of the non-permanent members of UNSC said all members are waiting for instructions from the chair of the council Poland. 

"Pakistan has requested...for a meeting but we have to receive the instruction of the chair of the council until he decided... he is making consultations now", Anatolio Ndong Mba, Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea told reporters.

Last week, a letter written by Pakistan on August 6, a day after Indian government decided to remove the special status for Jammu and Kashmir was not taken in any of UNSC meetings.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, who have received called from India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Pakistan FM SM Qureshi said, "we expressed concerns over current tensions between India and Pakistan.. we are in favour of a dialogue between Pakistan and India to sort out differences. We hope both countries can work out mutually beneficial solution bilaterally"

Meanwhile, Russia has said there is no information on any initiative on Pakistan's letter. Dmitry Polyanskiy, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to UN Said, "There is no direct information that there will be some meeting, not any initiative to my knowledge".

But he said, "Russia will not object if it is a closed meeting" since " "We need to discuss first among ourself because it been a long time since UNSC touch on this file. We need to compare notes. And reload this file"

Asked if Moscow doing anything behind the scenes, Dmitry Polyanskiy First Deputy envoy of Russia at UN said, "everybody is doing something behind the scenes because we are all worried including Moscow."

Story highlights

The Pakistan FM asked the letter to be disseminated at the earliest and that a meeting of UNSC should be called but so far no such call has been taken. Pakistan is keen to have a meeting in which it gets right to speak and record of discussion takes place.