New Delhi on Monday has rejected United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s offer for mediation on the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan and said that “there is no role or scope for third party mediation”, reported The Hindu.
Guterres, who is on a four-day trip to Pakistan, made the offer a day earlier in Islamabad, at a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Guterres said he was “ready to help if both countries agree for mediation and said his “good offices” could be used for this purpose. ” The UN chief had called for a resolution of the Kashmir dispute by honoring the resolutions of the UN Security Council.
India rejected his offer for mediation late Sunday. The issue of Jammu and Kashmir that needs to be addressed is that of vacation of the territories illegally occupied by another country, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Indian external affairs ministry told the media in reaction to the statement of the UN chief.
“Further issues, if any, would be discussed bilaterally. There is no role or scope for third party mediation,” the spokesperson noted. According to The Hindu, Kumar said that India hopes Gutteres will “emphasize the imperative for Pakistan to take a credible, sustained and irreversible action to put an end to cross-border terrorism against India”.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi alleged that Pakistan continues to wage a “proxy war” against India by “supporting militants” in occupied Kashmir, charge repeatedly denied by Pakistan where tens of thousands of people have died in recent decades.
It is not the first time that India has rejected an offer to mediate the Kashmir dispute. In July 2019, President Donald Trump expressed his willingness to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve the 70-year-old Kashmir dispute an offer he repeated but which was rejected by India.
Last week, India opposed the unequivocal support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the people of the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) and told Turkey to “not interfere in the internal affairs of the India”.
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28 March, 2020