Russian envoy to the United Nations (UN) Dmitry Polyanskiy has said his country does not object to the meeting called by Pakistan to discuss India’s move to revoke the special status of occupied Kashmir.
“Moscow doesn’t object to holding such a meeting, but the matter should be discussed behind closed doors,” Polyanskiy said while speaking to reporters. The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday, granted Pakistan’s request to discuss India’s decision to revoke the special status of occupied Kashmir on Friday.
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Meanwhile, the Russian foreign ministry in a statement emphasised the need to de-escalate the Pakistan-India tensions on the disputed valley, stating that there is no alternative to political and diplomatic means to resolve the disputes. “There is no alternative to resolve differences between Pakistan and India accept bilaterally through political and diplomatic means,” the statement said.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday (August 14) telephoned his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to apprise him about a grave situation of occupied Kashmir. According to foreign office spokesman, Qureshi discussed a unilateral and illegal action of India in occupied Kashmir by ending the special status of the region. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan categorically opposed the Indian action to change the population, geography and structure of the occupied valley.
He said that Indian actions are a blatant violation of the UN security council resolution and international laws adding that the Indian move has put regional peace and security at stake. Qureshi said that India has completely locked down the valley adding that Kashmiris are facing immense hardship due to the Indian oppressive move.
He said that the lives of people of Kashmir are in danger as the curfew has been continued for 10 days.
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13 November, 2019