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UNSC meet: Russia backs India's Kashmir move; China asks India, Pakistan to ditch unilaterality

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WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 16, 2019, 08.01 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Behind closed-door, UNSC members met on Friday for consultations to deliberate on Pakistan's letter on Kashmir.

Pakistan and India, both, were not present for the consultation as procedural. 

During the consultations, Russia came out in support of India and stated that the Modi-government has taken the Kashmir decision as it is an internal matter.

"#Russia continues to consistently promote normalisation of #India - #Pakistan ties. We hope that existing divergences around #Kashmir will be settled bilaterally by political and diplomatic means only," Russian Envoy to UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy tweeted out. 

"So we will open-heartedly continue to engage with Islamabad and New Delhi in order to help both of them come to terms and have good neighbourly relations on the basis of Simla Agreement of 1972 and Lahore declaration of 1999," Polyanskiy said.

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Russia favoured India-Pak bilateral track, adding there is no UNSC role in the matter. It said that India's move comes under constitutional framework.

The meeting comes after China asked for an informal, closed-door consultation to discuss Pakistan's letter on Kashmir. The consultation took place at the United Nations Security Council in New York, United States. 

After the meeting ended, which lasted over an hour, China and Pak UN representatives briefed media.

China said that India and Pakistan should find a proper solution to the Kashmir issue and avoid unilaterality. 

Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, said on Friday that members of the Security Council generally feel India and Pakistan should both refrain from unilateral action over Kashmir, news agency Reuters reported. 

Zhang told reporters that the situation in Kashmir is "already very tense and very dangerous."

France and the US also backed India at the consultation.

India's permanent envoy to United Nation Syed Akbaruddin after the meet got over said, "Article 370 is an internal matter... these have no external ramifications".

On talk with Pakistan, Syed said, "Using terror to push goals is not the way normal states behave... stop terror to start talks".

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Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had asked that the plea to the UNSC is disseminated at the earliest and that a meeting of the UNSC is called. 

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

Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz received calls from External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Pakistan's FM Qureshi. 

"We expressed concerns over the 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 a mutually beneficial solution bilaterally," Czaputowicz had said. 

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Russia came out in support of India and stated that the government has taken the Kashmir decision as it is its internal matter.