UNSC holding meeting to discuss Pakistan’s request for debate on India’s act to abolish Occupied Kashmir’s special status
NEW YORK: United Nations Security Council is holding a consultative meeting in New York right now to discuss Pakistan’s request for debate on India’s act to abolish special status of Occupied Kashmir.
The closed door meeting is being held under “Pakistan-India” agenda item to decide how to proceed further on the issue.
The UN political department will brief the Security Council on situation in Occupied Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had written a letter to President of UN Security Council, seeking a meeting of the highest world body after India abolished the special status of Occupied Kashmir. Subsequently, China supported Pakistan’s request for holding the meeting.
This is for the first time in fifty years that the UN Security Council is holding an exclusive meeting on Kashmir.
Pakistan and India are not attending the meeting because none of them is member of the Security Council.
Besides five permanent members, including the United States, China, Britain, France and Russia; the Security Council also has ten non-permanent members, which are elected by the General Assembly for a period of two years.
The present non-permanent members of the Security Council are Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa.