Guterres appeals for ‘maximum restraint’ over Jammu and Kashmir, as tensions rise

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for ‘maximum restraint’ over the territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, which has been disputed by India and Pakistan, since the end of British rule in the late 1940s.

The BJP party-led Indian Government announced on Monday that it was revoking the special status of the area of Kashmir that it administers, putting the region under tighter central Government control. Pakistan argues that the removal of the territory’s special status, which has a majority-Muslim population, violates international law, according to news reports.

The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between India and Pakistan. According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.

Mr. Guterres said in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, that he had been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, “with concern”, adding “the position of the United Nations on this region is governed by the Charter of the United Nations and applicable Security Council resolutions.”

“The Secretary-General also recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement”, the statement continued, “which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means”, in accordance with the UN Charter.

The UN chief said he was “concerned over reports of restrictions on the Indian-side of Kashmir, which could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region”, and called on “all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir.”

India and Pakistan both administer parts of Kashmir, but claim the territory in its entirety. They have fought several wars over the region since the partition of India in 1947, and this February, a terrorist attack which resulted in the deaths of 40 Indian security personnel took place in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, the worst attack against Indian forces in decades. A Pakistani-based militant group later claimed responsibility, leading to a retaliatory air strike by the Indian armed forces.

On Thursday, Pakistan reportedly announced that it would halt trade with India and expel the country’s top diplomat in Islamabad.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Parliament and Council agree drastic cuts to plastic pollution of environment

OECD Secretary-General statement on Europe Day

3 steps to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in the digital age

DR Congo elections: ‘historic opportunity’ for ‘peaceful transfer of power’ says Security Council

At COP24, countries agree concrete way forward to bring the Paris climate deal to life

Will the outcome of the UK referendum “calm” the financial markets?

Yemen: ‘No justification for this carnage,’ says UNICEF chief, as children in need now outnumber population of Switzerland

Protectionism doesn’t stand a chance in the age of connectivity

Who is to profit from the quasi announced ECB rate cut?

EU and China to do more in common if the global scene gets worse

“Be aware where you put your I Agree signature on and something else”; now Facebook by default opts you in an unseen private data bazar

The three biggest challenges for India’s future

India is investing more money in solar power than coal for first time

Could Rwanda become Africa’s healthcare leader?

Coronavirus fears may have driven over 300,000 UK smokers to quit

Is Eurozone heading towards a long stagnation?

Measles claims more than twice as many lives than Ebola in DR Congo

Violence in North and West Africa increasingly targeting civilian and border areas – OECD/SWAC

Who really cares for the environment?

Emotional control and introspectivity in times of pandemic

What Keynes can teach us about government debt today

Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened

Failing to agree climate action would ‘not only be immoral’ but ‘suicidal’, UN chief tells COP24

Young and unemployed the perfect victims of ‘vultures’

China is a renewable energy champion. But it’s time for a new approach

Stepped-up efforts needed to combat pneumonia; save nearly nine million children’s lives

FROM THE FIELD: Saving the tree kangaroos of Papua New Guinea

For Africa, ‘winds of hope are blowing ever stronger,’ Guterres declares at conference on development

Advancing multilateralism goes ‘hand-in-hand’ with work of the UN

What does reimagining our energy system look like?

Fact-checking Day: Fighting the virus of disinformation on Covid-19

EU Budget: A Reform Support Programme and an Investment Stabilisation Function to strengthen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

India’s 1.3 billion residents start 21-day lockdown – Today’s coronavirus updates

Amazon on fire: the interference in global health

Why we need a blockchain bill of rights

A Monday to watch the final act of a Greek tragedy; will there be catharsis or more fear?

5 principles for effective cybersecurity leadership in a post-COVID world

Meet Cipta: the comic book hero using her powers to tackle bullying in schools

MWC 2016 LIVE: BT chief aims to be at UK 5G forefront

We need impartial LGBT+ news to advance human rights

Brussels waits for the Germans to arrive

ACP-EU : Agreement on climate change, migration and post-Cotonou

Supply chains have been upended. Here’s how to make them more resilient

China’s Ambassador to the EU Zhang Ming wishes to Brussels a Happy 2019 Year of the Pig

Europe’s dirty air kills 400,000 people every year

The future of energy is being shaped in Asia

Does the Erasmus program really contribute to the construction of a solid EU identity?

A new global platform to unleash entrepreneurs on the world’s toughest problems

Asian and Pacific economies: decreases in tax revenue highlight need to broaden tax bases

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Second review shows improvements but a permanent Ombudsperson should be nominated by 28 February 2019

Fleeing Venezuela: MEPs to probe humanitarian conditions in Colombia and Brazil

5 reasons why biodiversity matters – to human health, the economy and your wellbeing

Sovereign wealth funds could increase equality in a post-COVID world

The European Sting @ European Business Summit 2014 – the preview

Why is Grexit again in the news? Who is to pay for Eurozone’s banking problems?

Syria: UN food relief agency ‘doing everything we can’ to reach Idlib civilians

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission registers ‘Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian / Vegetarian / Vegan’ initiative’

New phenomena in the EU labour market

FROM THE FIELD: Photos highlight agony of West African civil wars

New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s