`UN observer group on LoC can only be terminated by UNSC`
United Nations: With India suggesting that the UN observer group`s presence on the LoC was not required anymore, the world body`s chief says the force can only be terminated by a decision of the 15-nation Security Council.
"The Secretary-General`s position has always been that UNMOGIP can only be terminated by a decision of the Security Council," Ban Ki-moon`s spokesperson Martin Nesirky said in an email.
He noted that the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) was established in 1948 by the Security Council.
During a UNSC open debate on peacekeeping organised by Pakistan yesterday, India`s Permanent Representative to the world body Hardeep Singh Puri had said that UNMOGIP`s role had been "overtaken" by the 1972 Simla Agreement, which was signed between India and Pakistan.
Following the Simla pact, the two countries had resolved to settle their differences by "peaceful means through bilateral negotiations," Puri said.
The Indian envoy had also suggested that it would be better to spend the resources allocated for UNMOGIP in other areas or missions to ensure the finances are better utilised elsewhere in times of austerity.
Rejecting any suggestion of winding down the UN mission in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan`s Permanent Representative to the UN Masood Khan said UNMOGIP continues to monitor the ceasefire in accordance with Security Council resolution and its mandate is "therefore fully valid, relevant and operative".
Khan said no bilateral agreement has "overtaken or affected" the role or legality of the observer group adding that "the fact is that both India and Pakistan are hosting UNMOGIP".
India has ruled out any intervention by the UN in settling issues, including Kashmir, with Pakistan.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid reiterated in New Delhi that India`s position has been that "bilateral issues should be settled bilaterally".
UNMOGIP observers have been located at the ceasefire line between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir since 1949 and supervise the truce between the two neighbours.
Currently there are 39 military observers in Kashmir, 25 international civilian personnel and 48 local civilian staff.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- UP: Jammu-bound Muri Express derails in Kaushambi
- Delhi's 2015 CBSE Class 12 topper M Gayatri talks to Zee Media
- Watch: Mumbai cops find new secret agents in housewives!
- One year of Modi govt: PM promises to fulfil aspirations
- No respite from heat for next three days: IMD
- DNA: Sikh man in New Zealand removed his turban to help injured kid
- One year of Modi govt: PM addresses mega rally in Mathura
- Hundreds die as heat wave continues in India
- 2G scam: Ex-TRAI chief alleges Manmohan Singh had warned him to cooperate
- Growing medical negligence in Delhi's AIIMS
- DNA: AIIMS doctor removes both kidneys of minor, claims she had only one
- Pranab Mukherjee defends Bofors scam, says it was just a media trial
- Salman Khan attends sister Arpita's wedding reception in Mandi
- Zee Media's mega survey on Modi govt
- Zee Media Exclusive: Vidya Balan chats about 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'
- Check WBBSE (wbresults.nic.in) Class 12th Results: West Bengal Board (wbscvet.org) Higher Secondary Class XII Vocational Results to be declared today at 4 PM
- PM Narendra Modi's Mathura rally: As it happened
- Public rally on 100 days of AAP govt: As it happened
- One year of NDA govt: PM Modi writes open letter to nation, promises to transform India
- World optimistic about India: PM Narendra Modi on 1 year of NDA govt
- Unidentified flying objects spotted over Mumbai airport not motorised: Home Department
- Bharatiya Janata Party lacks majority for Ram Temple, Article 370: Amit Shah
- MSBSHSE Class 12th HSC results 2015 to be declared at 1pm tomorrow
- AAP govt moves resolution against MHA notification: As it happened
- China doesn't recognise 'illegal' McMahon Line: Beijing responds to NSA Ajit Doval
- CBSE 10th Results 2015 to be declared on May 27
- Arpita-Aayush wedding reception: Salman Khan spreads love in Mandi, says `hum aapke hain`
- Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at one year of Modi govt, wishes 'happy birthday' to 'suit-boot ki sarkar'
- Is there life after death?
- Heatwave kills 90 more in Andhra, Telangana; toll crosses 800