India has urged China to avoid raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Security Council on the behest of Islamabad, maintaining it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan.
India also slammed Pakistan for trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue with the help of China, saying Islamabad’s “desperate” measures to “peddle” baseless allegations and presenting an alarming scenario about the Valley lacked credibility.
“Pakistan can avoid this global embarrassment time and again by putting their energy in something constructive,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.
The government issued a statement on Thursday, a day after China requested a review by the UN Security Council of the UN observer mission in Kashmir.
“China should seriously reflect on this global consensus, draw proper lessons and refrain from taking such action in future,” Kumar said, replying to a question on why India has not reacted strongly to Beijing raising the Kashmir issue at the UNSC.
“An effort was made by Pakistan through a member of the UNSC to once again misuse the platform of UNSC for discussing a bilateral matter,” he said. “The overwhelming majority of the UNSC members were of the view that UNSC was not the right forum for such issues and this should be discussed bilaterally between India and Pakistan. The informal closed-door meeting, therefore, concluded without any outcome,” he said.
“We sincerely hope that the message has gone across loud and clear to Pakistan that if, at all, there is any matter between India and Pakistan that needs to be discussed, it should be discussed bilaterally,” Kumar added.
Most countries on the 15-member council have urged India and Pakistan to resolve the dispute amongst themselves. However, China’s ambassador to the United Nations warned against further deterioration of ties between India and Pakistan over Jammu and Kashmir.