Closed door meeting at UNSC ends, India gets Russia’s support on Kashmir

Spelling out India’s stand on revoking Article 370, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s permanent representative to UN, said Kashmir is India’s internal matter, ruling out any external intervention.

Written by August 16, 2019 21:58

New Delhi: A closed door meeting at the UN Security Council (UNSC) to discuss India revoking special status of Jammu and Kashmir ended today evening.

Spelling out India’s stand on revoking Article 370, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s permanent representative to UN, told media persons that Kashmir is India’s internal matter and no country can interfere in its sovereign affairs.

The Russian envoy apparently suggested India and Pakistan to take bilateral route on the basis of Simla Agreement of 1972 and Lahore declaration of 1999, and in accordance with UN Charter, relevant UN resolutions and other bilateral agreements.

China, a permanent member of the UNSC and close ally of Pakistan, had asked for “closed consultations” in the Council, which began its deliberations at 10 am (7:30pm IST) in the Security Council Consultations Room.

On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Reacting to India’s decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi.