Syed Akbaruddin, India's permanent representative at the United Nations, addressed the media on Friday after the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) meet in New York.
Answering the questions of the reporters the press meet, Syed Akbaruddin reiterated that Article 370 is an internal matter of India. When a Pakistani reporter asked him on the prevailing tensions between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, he admitted that Article 370 "could be an internal matter", which is "enshrined in the Indian Constitution". Immediately responding to the questions of the Pakistani reporter, Syed Akbaruddin thanked the reporter for admitting that Article 370 is an internal matter and a part of the Indian Constitution.
Responding to the questions on how India has been addressing the issue, he said, "the history is well-known". Emphasising on the Simla Agreement, which was signed by the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi and President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan in 1972, Akbaruddin added that India is committed to the legal bindings of the Simla Agreement and hope Pakistan to do so as well.
"Let us go back to the last agreement that India and Pakistan signed, which goes back to 1972. We are committed to that and we hope Pakistan too is and try to address these issues in the manner that they have signed on to in a legally binding agreement and we stand ready to address them in that context. We can go back in history but every agreement overtakes the past so we are committed to the agreement," Syed Akbaruddin said addressing the media.
Under the Simla Agreement, India and Pakistan agreed on bilateral relations and undertook to abjure conflict and confrontation which had marred relations in the past, and to work towards the establishment of durable peace, friendship and cooperation, including the matter of Jammu and Kashmir.
UN Security Council on Friday held a rare closed-door meeting to discuss the matter of Article 370. After Pakistan's repeated begging to China, which is a permanent member in the UNSC, China requested the UN to have a "closed consultations" on the issue. However, it was later learnt that the meeting was informal in nature. 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. He said the meeting was being held to understand what is happening.