Spokeswoman rejects Kofi Annan said UN resolution on
Kashmir not binding
New York June 5
(SANA) Thers is confusion abound in Indian diplomatic circles and they
are not sure what to say in regarding the present tension between
Pakistan and India and senior Indian diplomates are making contradictory
Mansing the Indian Ambassador in Washington in his interview with Fox
news TV on Sunday said the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan during his
visit to the region in March 2001commented on 1948 Kashmir resolution
and said “ this resolution can't be implemented. It's a non-binding
resolution. You can't revive a document which is 50 years old” .
It has been widely misquoted as the SG saying that a referendum in
Kashmir was no longer applicable said UN Spokeswoman Huanjiang
officiating UN Spokesman Fred Eckhard who is traveling with UNSG Kofi
She said it is weird, Secretary General can never term a UNSC
non-binding. I believe this is the source of the misunderstanding.
That was not what he said at all, said Huanji She said as you can see On
10 March 2001, he was asked by a journalist in Islamabad if the UN would
be interested to implement its resolutions as it implemented in East
Timor ? The Secretary General replied "I think the UN resolutions on
Kashmir are on record and the UN has observers in the region. We have
UNMOGIP. In fact, the Chief Military Observer is here.
Secretary General said "You are comparing apples and oranges" When it
comes to implementation of resolutions, I think we have to be clear
here. The UN has two types of resolutions -- enforcement resolutions
under Chapter VII and other resolutions. The resolution you are
referring to here comes under Chapter VI, which require cooperation of
both parties to get implemented. the two parties discussing these issues
and finding a peaceful way is the route I recommend.
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has said the UN will not
disengage itself from Kashmir problem. According to the UN Charter any
resolutions approved under chapter VI , it is the duty of UN Member
States to puruade both the parties for a dialogue. On record the UN and
its member States are no doubt fully complying with the UN Charter and
persuading both Pakistan and India for bilateral dialogue.
It may be pointed out that the Kashmir Plebiscite UNSC Resolution text
was drafted by India, lobbied by India and all the five permanent UN
Security Council members including United States, United Kingdom,
Russia, China and France unanimously voted for the resolution, but
ignoring to say a word to India for not abiding by the approved
resolution. Interestingly in a White House press briefing on July 4.1999
a senior U.S official termed UNSC Kashmir plebiscite Resolution an “Old
Ironically it is India who itself have witheld their own lobbied
resolution for the last 54 years and on top is not ready for a dialogue
with Pakistan, nor agree for a third party mediation.
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