What happened at the UNSC closed door meeting on Kashmir?

It was a win for India as UNSC accepted that Article 370 is an internal matter of India.

  • The United Nations Security Council appreciated the measures New Delhi had taken to relax restrictions in the Kashmir Valley and did not pursue matters further, making a point that the steps had been in the right direction.
  • Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representation at the UN, said after the meeting that the UNSC recognised that Article 370 was an internal matter. “The UNSC acknowledged these efforts (by India) and felt this is the direction in which the international community wanted matters to move. We are committed to gradually removing all restrictions.”
  • Without naming Pakistan, he said there are some who are trying to project an “alarmist approach” to the situation in Kashmir, which is far from the ground realities. “Stop terror to start talks,” he asserted.
  • On the Chinese and Pakistani envoys briefing the media after the meeting, he said, “For the first time after the end of Security Council consultations, we noted that two states (China and Pakistan) who made national statements tried to pass them off as the will of the international community.”

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Pakistan is also showing this meeting as their win.

  • Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said the voices of the people of Jammu and Kashmir were heard today at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council, the highest diplomatic forum of the world.
  • “They are not alone, their voices have been heard, their plight, their hardship, their pain, their suffering, their occupation and the consequences of that occupation has been heard in the UN Security Council today,” she said.
  • Lodhi said that the very fact this meeting had taken place is “testimony to the fact that this is an internationally recognised dispute”.

The outcome of the UNSC meeting will not be a formal pronouncement as the consultations are informal in nature. India and Pakistan did not attend the meeting, which was open only to the five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members.

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