New Delhi: India on Sunday flatly rejected UN chief Antonio Guterres’s provide of mediation on Kashmir and mentioned the true challenge wanted to be addressed is to vacate territories “illegally and forcibly” occupied by Pakistan.
The assertion by the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) got here after Guterres mentioned in Islamabad that he was involved over the scenario in Kashmir and that he was able to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve the long-pending challenge.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar mentioned Jammu and Kashmir is and can proceed to be an integral a part of India and hoped that the UN secretary-general would press Pakistan to take a reputable and irreversible motion to cease cross-border terrorism in opposition to India.
“India’s position has not changed. Jammu and Kashmir has been, is, and will continue to be an integral part of India. The issue that needs to be addressed is that of vacation of the territories illegally and forcibly occupied by Pakistan,” Kumar mentioned.
“Further issues, if any, would be discussed bilaterally. There is no role or scope for third-party mediation,” he mentioned.
Guterres is at present endeavor a four-day go to to Pakistan.
“We hope the UN secretary-general would emphasize on the imperative for Pakistan to take credible, sustained and irreversible action to put an end to cross-border terrorism against India, which threatens the most fundamental human right – the right to life – of the people of India, including in J&K,” the MEA spokesperson mentioned.
Addressing a press convention after his assembly with Pakistan Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad, the UN secretary-general mentioned he was “deeply concerned” over the scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and tensions alongside the Line of Management.
Guterres mentioned it was essential for India and Pakistan to de-escalate “militarily and verbally” and train “maximum restraint” on the Kashmir challenge.
He mentioned he was prepared to assist if each nations agreed for mediation.
“Diplomacy and dialogue remain the only tools that guarantee peace and stability with solutions in accordance with the Charter of United Nations and resolutions of the Security Council,” Guterres mentioned.
The UN chief mentioned he had “repeatedly stressed on the importance of exercising maximum restraint”.
“I offered my good offices from the beginning. I am ready to help if both countries agree for mediation,” he mentioned.
Guterres arrived in Pakistan on Sunday and through his go to will attend a global convention on Afghan refugees and go to the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.
In August final 12 months, India introduced its resolution to withdraw the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories.
Pakistan reacted angrily to the transfer and even downgraded its diplomatic ties with India by expelling the Indian Excessive Commissioner.
Islamabad additionally unsuccessfully tried to rally worldwide assist in opposition to India on the problem.