India rejects UN’s offer to mediate on Kashmir dispute

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

18th Feb, 2020. 12:40 am
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India has rejected United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ offer to mediate on Kashmir dispute, India media reported.

According to the details, In a statement issued late Sunday, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson asserted that the dispute would be discussed bilaterally. “There is no role or scope for third party mediation.”

Speaking in Islamabad at the beginning of a four-day visit to Pakistan, Mr. Guterres had said he had offered his offices and was “ready to help if both countries agree for mediation.”

In a response late on Sunday evening, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson said, “The issue of [Jammu and Kashmir] that needs to be addressed is that of vacation of the territories illegally and forcibly occupied by Pakistan. Further issues, if any, would be discussed bilaterally. There is no role or scope for third party mediation.”

Earlier, The United Nations secretary general has expressed “deep concern” at heightened tensions between South Asian neighbours India and Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir, calling for India to respect “human rights and fundamental freedoms” when dealing with discontent in the territory.

Antonio Guterres made the remarks addressing a news conference after meeting with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad on Sunday.

“I have repeatedly stressed the importance of exercising maximum restraint and taking steps to de-escalate both militarily and verbally, while reiterating my offer to exercise my good offices should both sides ask,” said Guterres.

 

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