Don't change Kashmir status, UN chief to India, Pakistan

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United Nations - Charter provisions directly applicable to the India-Pakistan situation require members to settle their disputes by peaceful means.



By IANS

Published: Thu 8 Aug 2019, 11:09 PM

Last updated: Fri 9 Aug 2019, 1:21 AM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres came out on Thursday against changing the status of Jammu and Kashmir and backed Security Council resolutions.
His Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said: "The Secretary General calls on all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir.
"The position of the United Nations on this region is governed by the Charter of the United Nations and applicable Security Council resolutions."
While calling for maximum restraint, "the Secretary General is also concerned over reports of restrictions on the Indian-side of Kashmir, which could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region", he added.
The Charter provisions directly applicable to the India-Pakistan situation require members to settle their disputes by peaceful means and to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity of any nation.
The Charter also says that UN cannot "intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state".


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