Detailing Pakistan's failed attempt to rile up the international community at the close consultations at United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday, India's UN representative Syed Akbaruddin, on Friday shared that the UNSC appreciated India's effort to resolve the Kashmir issue. He also added that India's stance remains the matters related to article 370 were internal to India though two states tried to pass it off as the will of the international community.
"At the UN Security Council's closed consultations we noted that the two states who made national statements tried to pass it off as the will of the international community. Our national stance was and remains that matters related to article 370 in the Indian Constitution is entirely an internal matter. These have no external ramifications," he said.
He further briefed that the recent abrogation of article 370 was intended at the social development of the Union territories of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh, as the government is restoring normalcy.
"The recent decisions taken by the Government of India are intended that good governance is promoted, social development is enhanced for our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. This morning, the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir announced the whole set of measures that the government is undertaking to move towards normalcy," he added.
Akbraruddin added that the Security Council has appreciated India's efforts and has assured that this was the direction for the international community to move.
"We are gratified that the Security Council in its close consultations appreciated these efforts, acknowledged them and assured that this was the direction for the international community to move. We are committed to gradually remove all restrictions and you are aware of the time table for that," he said.
Reaffirming India's stance against violence in this issue, he slammed the countries which were alarming the community using 'jihadist claims. He added that India is committed to solving the Jammu-Kashmir issue with Pakistan or any other country peacefully, bilaterally.
"Since the changes internal to India have not made any difference to our external orientation, India remains committed that the situation there remains calm and peaceful. We are committed to all the agreements we have signed on this issue," he said.
"We note that there were some who tried to take an alarmist position on the issue, which is far from the ground reality. There is one state which is using the terminology of 'Jihad' and promoting violence, especially by their leaders. Violence is no solution to the problem we face. We are committed that all issues with India and Pakistan and India and any other country will be solved bilaterally, peacefully and in a manner that behooves normal relations between countries. We stand ready to resolve all issues in an atmosphere free of terror and violence," he added.
Earlier in the day, after Pakistan's repeated begging to China which is a permanent member in the UNSC, China requested UN to have a "closed consultations" on the issue. However, the meeting is informal in nature and the outcome of the UNSC meeting. The deliberations began at 10 am (7:30pm IST) in the Security Council Consultations Room.
Russia's deputy permanent representative, Dimitry Polyanskiy told reporters before entering the meeting room that Moscow's view is that it is a "bilateral issue" between India and Pakistan. When asked if Russia was concerned over the tense situation between India and Pakistan, Polyanskiy said, "we are very much concerned. We hope to avoid it.
On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to India's decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.