After China’s request for a ‘closed consultation’, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday convened a members-only session to discuss the Kashmir issue. The meeting will exclude Pakistan’s participation, said a diplomat at the Security Council.
According to the UN timetable, the consultation session is set to commence at 10 am local time.
China, a permanent member of the Council, demanded an emergency meeting at UNSC’s information consultation on August 14. Beijing submitted the request citing a letter written by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi against India’s abrogation of Article 370.
Qureshi’s letter addressed to Joanna Wronecka, UNSC President, urged the Council to set-up an emergency meeting to discuss India’s recent decision to re-organise Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) border and revoking of Article 370.
Reiterating to Pakistan’s accusations and China’s concern, earlier this week, New Delhi stressed that Kashmir is India’s internal matter and a bilateral issue between Islamabad and the country.
Nevertheless, the other four permanent member nations of the Security Council supported India’s decision on the J&K administration. The United States, which had earlier offered to be a mediator, also stated that Kashmir is India’s internal matter.
Proceedings at a closed-door consultation will remain inaccessible to journalists and for broadcast. A similar UNSC meeting on issues related to the Himalayan region was conducted in the year 1965.