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Did not support UNSC statement: UK on China-backed consultative meet on Kashmir

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WION New Delhi Aug 23, 2019, 07.47 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

The United Kingdom has said it did not support any statement from the United Nations Security Council during the consultative meet, called at the behest of China last Friday in the backdrop of India removing the special status for the erstwhile state for Jammu and Kashmir.

A British High Commission spokesperson in Delhi said: "the UK did not call for this session or support a formal Council statement." 

UK is the first permanent five members of the UNSC to come out with a statement on its position at the meet.

Reiterating London's "long-standing position" that India and Pakistan should resolve their issues bilaterally, the High Commission said, "neither do we seek to mediate."

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Earlier this week, PM Modi had spoken to UK PM Boris Johnson during which the latter called Kashmir an India-Pakistan bilateral issue.

The statement by UK high commission comes even as some reports emerged after 16th August that London was siding with China during the closed-door meet. 

UK HC while calling for "restraint and action to address current concerns", said it welcomes "efforts to do so as soon as possible.”

The China-Pak initiative to rake up Kashmir at United Nation found no support at United Nation Security Council(UNSC) Consultative meet last Friday which saw Russia, France, UK and US backing India.

The outcome will be considered a big diplomatic victory for India as consultations did not lead to any formal meeting which Islamabad was keen to have. 

In the aftermath of India's international decision to remove the special status for Jammy and Kashmir, Pakistan has been trying to internationalise Kashmir by reaching out to global capitals but has not got any traction.