General Antonio Guterres likely to raise Kashmir issue during UN General Assembly session next week, says chief's spokesperson

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is likely to use the opportunity of discussions during the high-level UN General Assembly session that begins here next week to raise the Kashmir issue, the UN chief's spokesperson has said

Press Trust of India September 21, 2019 10:11:08 IST
General Antonio Guterres likely to raise Kashmir issue during UN General Assembly session next week, says chief's spokesperson
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is likely to use the opportunity of discussions during the high-level UN General Assembly session that begins here next week to raise the Kashmir issue, the UN chief's spokesperson has said

  • 'On Kashmir, the Secretary-General has said previously, he remains engaged. I think he will also use the opportunity of discussions during the General Assembly to raise it,' Dujarric said, responding to a question on the situation in Kashmir

  • The UN chief has underscored the need for dialogue as the only way to resolve the issue and, 'as part of the solution for the current crisis in Kashmir, to make sure that human rights aspects are very much dealt with, as well.'

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is likely to use the opportunity of discussions during the high-level UN General Assembly session that begins next week to raise the Kashmir issue, the UN chief's spokesperson has said.

Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric during the daily press briefing on Thursday said that the UN chief has underscored the need for dialogue as the only way to resolve the issue and, “as part of the solution for the current crisis in Kashmir, to make sure that human rights aspects are very much dealt with, as well.”

"On Kashmir, the Secretary-General has said previously, he remains engaged. I think he will also use the opportunity of discussions during the General Assembly to raise it,” Dujarric said, responding to a question on the situation in Kashmir.

General Antonio Guterres likely to raise Kashmir issue during UN General Assembly session next week says chiefs spokesperson

File image of an Indian paramilitary soldier patrolling a street during security lockdown in Srinagar. AP

On Wednesday, Guterres emphasised that “dialogue” between India and Pakistan is an “absolute essential element” for reaching a solution on the Kashmir issue, and said his good offices are available should both sides ask for it and called for full respect of human rights.

“Well, our capacity is related to good offices, and good offices can only be implemented when the parties accept it. And, on the other hand, it relates to advocacy, and the advocacy was expressed and will be maintained,” Guterres said during his press conference ahead of the UN General Assembly session.

Guterres was asked by a Pakistani journalist about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and what will he do to bring a solution to the Kashmir issue.

“I go on with a clear opinion that human rights must be fully respected in the territory, and I go on with the clear opinion that dialogue between India and Pakistan is an absolutely essential element for the solution of the problem,” he said.

India has always maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part and ruled out any third party mediation, including either from the UN or the US, saying it is a bilateral issue with Pakistan.

The UN Secretary-General has also repeatedly asserted that his good offices are available only if both sides ask for it.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status on 5 August. Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.

Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its "internal matter". Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in

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