UNGA approves budget for UN observer mission in Kashmir

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

10th Jan, 2020. 11:37 pm

Despite India’s efforts to curtail the funding for United Nations Military Observer Mission in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which monitors the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region, the General Assembly has approved a complete budget line for the peacekeeping unit.

Pakistan maintains that it has a key role in maintaining peace and stability in the region while India has been pushing the U.N. to wind up the mission.

According to the details, An important aspect of UNMOGIP is that it serves to highlight the unresolved Jammu & Kashmir dispute which is on the agenda of the Security Council and towards which the UN and the international community have an obligation.

During the negotiations in the 193-member Assembly’s Fifth Committee, which deals with economic and financial matters, the Pakistan delegation succeed in thwarting India’s concerted attempts to minimize the budget for the UNMOGIP to the extent possible, according to informed sources. As a result, the committee eventually recommended to the Assembly the retention of full financial resources for the mission.

In addition, the sources said, the Pakistan delegation, in the face of India’s objections, was able to include language endorsing UNMOGIP’s important role in maintaining international peace and security in the region. The language was endorsed by the Group of 77 (developing countries) and China and later adopted by the General Assembly. (APP)

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On the other hand, Pakistan at UN drew attention India’s “aggressive intent” towards Pakistan, urged the international body to act decisively to prevent war.

Ambassador Munir Akram urged UN to enable the Kashmiri people to exercise their UN-pledged right to self-determination for peace and stability in South Asia.

“Pakistan does not want war with India,” told Pakistan at UN.

Ambassador Munir Akram talking at the UN Security Council which held a debate on upholding the U.N. Charter.

Pakistani envoy warned that if attacked, Pakistan will respond “resolutely and effectively”, as demonstrated in February last year.

Signed in June 1945, the UN Charter promised to save future generations from the devastation of war.

He added, was international cooperation to address global challenges, like poverty and climate change.

“The United Nations often deliberately marginalized,” he told the 15-member council.

Pakistan, he said, seeks to build a new structure of sustainable peace with its neighbors.

Ambassador Akram hoped that US-Taliban talks, would soon result in an agreement enabling the withdrawal of foreign forces, a cessation of violence, an intra-Afghan dialogue and the elimination of terrorism from Afghanistan.

The Pakistani envoy cited Prime Minister’s efforts to reduce tensions in the Gulf region.

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