The UNSC has no plans to address the Kashmir problem: president

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council will not discuss the issue of Kashmir this month, said the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN and the President of the Security Council in November, stressing that there are many problems in the world.

No, we have nothing scheduled in Kashmir, Pierce said Friday during a press conference here when Britain assumed the monthly presidency of the top body of 15 UN nations. A Syrian journalist asked if any meeting or discussion is scheduled in Kashmir during the British Council Presidency.

Pierce added that there are many problems in the world and each month the Presidency elects some that are not routinely scheduled as part of the pace of Security Council affairs.

We have not chosen Kashmir because the Security Council had the opportunity to discuss it recently and no other member of the Security Council has asked us to schedule a meeting, Pierce said.

After Pakistan and China sought a meeting on Kashmir, the Security Council had in August held closed consultations to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. China asked for "closed consultations” on the matter after Pakistan , Beijing's closest ally, wrote a letter on the issue to the world body.

The consultations had ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan 's efforts to internationalise the , which an overwhelming majority in the Council stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad.

India has also made it clear that Kashmir is a bilateral issue with Pakistan and ruled out any scope for third party mediation.

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