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Help India hails UN “dropping J&K “ from list of unresolved disputes
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Tue, 2010-11-16 02:42 — editor

From R. Vasudevan - Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 16 November (Asiantribune.[/align]com):

India on Monday welcomed the reported exclusion of Jammu and Kashmir from the list of unresolved international disputes.

"It has been reported that UN has dropped Kashmir from the list of unresolved disputed. I think, if this step has been taken, I welcome it," Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur told reporters in New Delhi.

"We have always firmly maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India... This is a very welcome step and we hope that in same way the UN addresses our bilateral issues," she added.

The omission of Jammu and Kashmir from a list of disputes under the observation of the UN Security Council was noticed by Pakistan whose envoy has lodged a protest. The development has come as a setback to Pakistan which has been asking the world body to intervene on the issue.

Pakistan objected to the exclusion of J&K from the list of disputes under the observation of the Security Council as mentioned by the UK's top diplomat in an annual debate on UNSC reforms. UK holds the presidency of UNSC this month.

"Jammu and Kashmir dispute was not mentioned in the context of unresolved long-running situations," said Amjad Hussain B Sial, Pakistan's acting envoy to UN, told the General Assembly, where the debate was held. "We understand this was an inadvertent omission, as Jammu and Kashmir is one of the oldest disputes on agenda of the Security Council," he added.

Pakistan has been asking the UN to intervene to help resolve the issue but India has always maintained that it has to be resolved bilaterally between the two countries.

Speaking earlier at the General Assembly, the UK envoy to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant, said that "some long-running situations, including in the Middle East, Cyprus, and Western Sahara remain unresolved, as do issues where the Council has become engaged in recent years, including Nepal and Guinea Bissau." "Huge challenges remain in Sudan and Somalia and the DRC," he added.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said that the UN will not intervene in Kashmir issue until requested by both the parties -- India and Pakistan.

"On the Council's structure, we continue to support permanent membership for Brazil, Germany, India and Japan, as well as permanent representation for Africa," said Philip Parham, deputy envoy to UK.

Pakistan, which objects to India being on the Council, argued that the new council should include a few large states, a number of medium sized States and a majority of smaller States. "We support the position of the Organization of Islamic Conference demanding adequate representation of Muslim Ummah in the Security Council," said Sial.

- Asian Tribune -

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