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China wants discussion at UN Security Council on Kashmir, France rejects

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The United Nations Security Council (UN) will discuss the Kashmir issue today in a closed-door meeting on its agenda.

However, as the Indian television station News18 reports, France opposed a UN Security Council member’s request, as alleged by China’s request for a New York discussion of the Jammu and Kashmir region issue.

“France’s position has not changed and it is very clear. The Kashmir issue must be resolved bilaterally, as we have said on several occasions, and we will continue to repeat it to our partners in the UN Security Council, ”sources said.

The UN Security Council meeting is called to discuss the situation in Mali, but China has made a request to discuss the Kashmir issue under the agenda of “Any other business point”.

Last month, the US, Great Britain, France and Russia thwarted another attempt by China to discuss the Kashmir issue at a closed-door meeting.

The UN Security Council last discussed the Kashmir issue in August 2019.

China has long been concerned about the situation in India-administered Kashmir and has stated that it supports Pakistan’s “ally” in its fight for the people of Kashmir.

India and Pakistan administer Kashmir in parts but claim it outright. China also controls part of the disputed region, but India and Pakistan have waged two wars over Kashmir.

Relations already strained for a long time between the two South Asian nuclear rivals increased further after India withdrew the special provisions of Jammu and Kashmir state and imposed a near-complete deadlock on August 5.

Several rights groups, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International, have repeatedly called on India to lift restrictions and release political detainees.

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