Skip to main content
Sabrang
Sabrang
World

Kashmir reappears on the UNSC radar after 49 years!

How are different security council members reacting?

Sabrangindia 23 Jan 2020

UN

Kashmir has been the talk of the international community since the abrogation of article 370 stripped away its special status. It popped up on the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) radar first on August 16 and then again on January 15 when China requested another briefing.

Accordingly, the 15-member body (Elected 10 members dubbed the E-10, and the 5 permanent members called the P-5) met for closed-door consultations in New York, to discuss political detentions and internet restrictions among other issues. So, where do different permanent members stand on the subject?
 

China

It is believed that China pushed for the meeting at Pakistan’s request. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had written to the council to express concern about a possible further escalation of tensions. In fact, China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun acknowledged as much telling reporters, “We all know the Security Council has received a letter from the foreign minister of Pakistan requesting Security Council discussions and discussions are going on.” It is noteworthy that the meeting was previously scheduled for December, but it was postponed at China’s request before being held finally on January 15, 2020.
 

United States

The US has perhaps been the most vocal on all that has transpired in Kashmir. US President Donald Trump has on multiple occasions offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, once famously claiming Modi backed the idea. The Indian administration rushed to deny Trump’s claims. Now, at Davos, Trump has met with Imran Khan and made a fresh pitch to mediate between the two countries.

It is noteworthy, that in December 2019, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, an Indian origin US lawmaker, had moved a resolution in the House of Representatives urging India “to end the restrictions on communications and mass detentions in Jammu and Kashmir as swiftly as possible and preserve religious freedom for all residents.” Now Congresswoman Debbie Dingell has joined the chorus and has cosponsored a resolution urging India to end communication restrictions and detentions in J&K.

The resolution no. 745 that was introduced in the House last year by Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal now has 36 co-sponsors of whom two are Republicans and 34 from the Democratic Party. It is currently before the House Foreign Affairs Committee for necessary action.
 

France

From the very outset, France has been clear that the Kashmir issue is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan and that there was no need to mediate. In fact, last August after a 90-minute one-on-one meeting in France between French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the duo released a joint statement. Macron acknowledged that they had discussed Kashmir and told reporters, “I told him that India and Pakistan will have to find a solution to the issue and no third party should interfere or incite violence in the region.”
 

UK

The United Kingdom has a large diaspora of people who hail from Pakistan Administered Jammu and Kashmir (PJAK). This is why UK has skin in the game. But most of the PJAK diaspora are faithful Labour Party supporters. In wake of Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson’s recent victory, one wonders if UK would continue to raise concerns about the alleged human rights abuse and oppression of Kashmiris.
 

Russia

Russia has also chosen to stay out of what it perceives to be a bilateral issue. A statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry on August 9, 2019 said, “We proceed from fact that the changes associated with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories are carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India. We hope that the parties involved will not allow a new aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of the decisions.”

Given how China and the US appear to be batting for Kashmir, albeit for vastly different reasons, their potential role in building international consensus cannot be ignored, even though other global players might choose to play it safe and stay away from a 'bilateral issue'.  

Kashmir reappears on the UNSC radar after 49 years!

How are different security council members reacting?

UN

Kashmir has been the talk of the international community since the abrogation of article 370 stripped away its special status. It popped up on the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) radar first on August 16 and then again on January 15 when China requested another briefing.

Accordingly, the 15-member body (Elected 10 members dubbed the E-10, and the 5 permanent members called the P-5) met for closed-door consultations in New York, to discuss political detentions and internet restrictions among other issues. So, where do different permanent members stand on the subject?
 

China

It is believed that China pushed for the meeting at Pakistan’s request. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had written to the council to express concern about a possible further escalation of tensions. In fact, China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun acknowledged as much telling reporters, “We all know the Security Council has received a letter from the foreign minister of Pakistan requesting Security Council discussions and discussions are going on.” It is noteworthy that the meeting was previously scheduled for December, but it was postponed at China’s request before being held finally on January 15, 2020.
 

United States

The US has perhaps been the most vocal on all that has transpired in Kashmir. US President Donald Trump has on multiple occasions offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, once famously claiming Modi backed the idea. The Indian administration rushed to deny Trump’s claims. Now, at Davos, Trump has met with Imran Khan and made a fresh pitch to mediate between the two countries.

It is noteworthy, that in December 2019, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, an Indian origin US lawmaker, had moved a resolution in the House of Representatives urging India “to end the restrictions on communications and mass detentions in Jammu and Kashmir as swiftly as possible and preserve religious freedom for all residents.” Now Congresswoman Debbie Dingell has joined the chorus and has cosponsored a resolution urging India to end communication restrictions and detentions in J&K.

The resolution no. 745 that was introduced in the House last year by Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal now has 36 co-sponsors of whom two are Republicans and 34 from the Democratic Party. It is currently before the House Foreign Affairs Committee for necessary action.
 

France

From the very outset, France has been clear that the Kashmir issue is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan and that there was no need to mediate. In fact, last August after a 90-minute one-on-one meeting in France between French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the duo released a joint statement. Macron acknowledged that they had discussed Kashmir and told reporters, “I told him that India and Pakistan will have to find a solution to the issue and no third party should interfere or incite violence in the region.”
 

UK

The United Kingdom has a large diaspora of people who hail from Pakistan Administered Jammu and Kashmir (PJAK). This is why UK has skin in the game. But most of the PJAK diaspora are faithful Labour Party supporters. In wake of Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson’s recent victory, one wonders if UK would continue to raise concerns about the alleged human rights abuse and oppression of Kashmiris.
 

Russia

Russia has also chosen to stay out of what it perceives to be a bilateral issue. A statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry on August 9, 2019 said, “We proceed from fact that the changes associated with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories are carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India. We hope that the parties involved will not allow a new aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of the decisions.”

Given how China and the US appear to be batting for Kashmir, albeit for vastly different reasons, their potential role in building international consensus cannot be ignored, even though other global players might choose to play it safe and stay away from a 'bilateral issue'.  

Related Articles

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Theme

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Campaigns

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Videos

Communalism

Bastar violence: Anti-Christian Campaign causes breach in Adivasi unity

Hundreds of Adivasi church-goers across villages in Narayanpur and Bastar, Chhattisgarh have been experiencing boycott, intimidation and violence since December last year, forcing them to leave their homes and live in refugee camps. Reportedly, Adivasi districts across Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh is seeing a rise Hindutva mobilisation against Christians .

Communalism

Bastar violence: Anti-Christian Campaign causes breach in Adivasi unity

Hundreds of Adivasi church-goers across villages in Narayanpur and Bastar, Chhattisgarh have been experiencing boycott, intimidation and violence since December last year, forcing them to leave their homes and live in refugee camps. Reportedly, Adivasi districts across Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh is seeing a rise Hindutva mobilisation against Christians .

IN FACT

Analysis

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Archives