Kashmir not UN business: Shashi Tharoor

Asserting that the Kashmir issue does not fall under the purview of the United Nations, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has said there are specific instances when the world body can be involved in a country`s internal matters.

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2010, 21:34 PM IST

United Nations: Asserting that the Kashmir
issue does not fall under the purview of the United Nations,
Congress MP and ex-UN official Shashi Tharoor has said there
are specific instances when the world body can be involved in
a country`s internal matters but Kashmir is not among them.

"It`s only in very unusual circumstances, when a country
seems unwilling or unable to handle a particular domestic
situation that a Secretary General even has an opportunity to
offer his good offices," Tharoor told agency here.
"But internal disturbances of a state, which is an
integral part of India, is frankly not much the Secretary
General`s business," the former UN Under-Secretary General
said. "We are neither unable, nor unwilling, nor have we
invited the UN."

He further pointed out that the involvement in the
internal affairs of a country could be permitted when there
was a complete breakdown of authority.

"In the question of Kashmir, we have a perfectly capable
sovereign government that has been exercising its statutory
responsibility as a government and I think India is right to
take the position that on this subject the Secretary General
has no role or no basis to say anything," he said.

Tharoor pointed out that the UN`s "limited role" goes
back to a 1948 resolution which places military observers on
the ceasefire line, and the world body would have a
"legitimate basis to saying something" if, for instance,
"firing on both sides of the line had broken out."
Earlier this month, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had
underlined that the UN would "offer its good offices" when
"both parties" asked it to step in.

"As far as this role of good offices is concerned, the
United Nations normally takes that initiative when requested
by both parties concerned," Ban had said.

In the past few weeks, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah
Mahmood Qureshi has raised the issue of Kashmir at several
public forums, calling on the United Nations and the US to
intervene.

At the UN, Pakistan`s diplomats have repeatedly claimed
that Kashmir is not an "integral part" of India.

PTI