No mention of Article 370 at UNSC meet on Friday: Akbaruddin to WION

Indian Envoy to UN Syed Akbaruddin speaking on the Kashmir situation at UNSC in New York. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 19, 2019, 10.14 PM (IST)

Syed Akbaruddin, India's permanent representative to the United Nations, speaking exclusively to WION said Pakistan's attempt to raise the Kashmir issue in the world body was its yearly itch.

Last week Akbaruddin had conducted his first-ever press conference at the UN even as Pakistan sought to raise the Kashmir issue after the Indian government scrapped special status for the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Akbaruddin said he felt no hesitation in calling out China and Pakistan over the Jammu and Kashmir issue after China which is a permanent member of the UNSC had called for “closed consultations" with member states on India's move to do away with Article 370 which was ratified by the Indian Parliament.

"There was no mention of Article 370 on Friday," Akbaruddin told WION, adding that the president of the UNSC did not speak at the meeting.

In fact, according to sources, US, France and the Dominican Republic had backed India and didn't support China's call for an open UNSC session. Moreover, US and France blocked any UNSC public statement after the closed session, sources said.

Akbaruddin told WION that during the press conference he gave Pakistani journalists a fair chance to speak and he had acutally planned for a much more difficult time. Akbaruddin declared that he had just ten minutes to prepare for the press briefing. 

"We were surprised by the breadth of support at the UNSC," Akbaruddin added.

"No statement made by the UNSC made the loudest statement," Akbaruddin asserted.

During the press conference, Akbaruddin had said that Article 370 was an "internal matter of India" with no external ramifications while making clear that the UNSC had appreciated India’s efforts to restore normalcy in Kashmir.