INDIA Objects to Kashmir Issue Raised by China In UNGA

INDIA Objects to Kashmir Issue Raised by China In UNGIndia on Saturday took exception to China’s reference to the Kashmir issue in the United Nations General Assembly saying the region is an integral part of the country and all nations should respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”We expect that other countries will respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and desist from efforts to change the status quo through the illegal so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, adding that the recent developments were entirely a “matter internal to us”. After Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan delivered a Kashmir- centric speech in the INGA on Friday. China raised the Kashmir issue in the UN General Assembly saying the “dispute” should be peacefully and properly addressed in accordance with the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions and the bilateral agreement. No action should be taken that would unilaterally change the “status quo”.The Kashmir issue, a dispute left from the past, should be peacefully and properly addressed in accordance with the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreement,” State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi said in his address to the UN General Assembly on Friday.”No actions that would unilaterally change the status quo should be taken. As a neighbour of both India and Pakistan, China hopes to see the dispute effectively managed and stability restored to the relationship between the two sides,” Wang said. India ended Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by abrogating Article 370 of its Constitution on August 5.India’s decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian Ambassador. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue after India withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. New Delhi has asserted the abrogation of Article 370 and reorganization of border state was its “internal matter”. India has also rejected Pakistan’s demand for any third party mediation on the Kashmir issue. (file photo courtesy to Reuters)

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