Will today’s meeting of UNSC member states decide the future of Kashmir?
- The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door meeting on the issue of Kashmir.
- UN Charter as well backs the basic human rights of Kashmiri people.
- This meeting will pave the way for future discussion on the Kashmir issue at the sessions of the UNSC.
- Today’s discussion shouldn’t be expected to produce any final results.
The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door meeting on the issue of Kashmir after the latest development in the status of Kashmir in which the BJP Government revoked the territory’s autonomous status. News agency AFP reported that the Security Council’s presidency that is currently held by Poland has scheduled the matter for discussion as of today.
Today’s consultation is not a proper meeting but only a closed-door meeting reportedly being held at the request of Pakistan and more probably on the request of its all-weather ally and friend China.
Both the countries who are state parties to the Kashmir dispute will not be participating in the closed-door discussion as these two states are not included in the list of UNSC. UNSC has five permanent members whilst non-permanent members alter via a two-year rotation. All permanent members have veto power which helps these states to challenge and avert any decision taken at the forum.
Experts opine that today’s discussion shouldn’t be expected to produce any final results and the member states will decide that the issue of Kashmir has to be taken in the formal meetings of the UNSC or not. Last time UNSC met for a discussion on the disputed Himalayan region in 1965.
Currently, the Himalayan region is kept under the military control with the presence of thousands of extra troops and curfew-like restrictions have been imposed within the valley accompanied by the blackout of information and communications ever since Indian newly elected government has unilaterally altered its constitutional status in the first week of August.
This meeting will pave the way for future discussion on the Kashmir issue at the sessions of the UNSC. The development is seen as a major breakthrough in the diplomatic efforts of Pakistan to raise the issue of Kashmir. Pakistan’s foreign minister has also stated that China (a permanent member of UNSC) wants the resolution of the issue in accordance with the UN Resolutions.
UN Resolutions assures the right of self-determination of people of Kashmiris and demand that the will of Kashmiri people must prevail through a plebiscite. The UN Charter as well backs the basic human rights of Kashmiri people.