UNITED NATIONS, Nov 16: The United Nations Security Council continues to be “seized of Kashmir issue” as it is part of its agenda item, a spokesman for the UN Secretary General said on Monday.
He termed news reports that Kashmir dispute was not part of UNSC agenda items “inaccurate”.
Responding to questions on reports published in Indian press, the spokesperson said on record “Some articles today on Kashmir are inaccurate”.
“The authors of these articles may have picked up the most recent addendum to the summary statement of matters of which the Security Council is seized, which publishes only the list of matters which have been considered in a formal meeting since 1 Jan 2007,” the statement said.
The spokesman noted: “They missed in that addendum a paragraph explaining that the full list appears in Add.9 of March 2010, which list continues to include the agenda item under which the council has taken up Kashmir which, by a decision of the council, remains on the list for this year.”
The issue came up in the UN General Assembly on Monday, in the debate of the UNSC’s annual report. Pakistan called it an “inadvertent error”, but Indian officials managed to convince the Indian media that Pakistan was seeking yet another excuse to bring Kashmir into the UNSC. He said this was the norm and had been so for the past five years.
India will serve as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council from 2011 to 2012, and Pakistan expects to be a member of the Council from 2012.