March 2001 News

UN chief backs Indian stand on Kashmir

11 March 2001
The Times of India

ISLAMABAD: In a firm endorsement of India's stand, UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has said the Lahore Declaration and not UN resolutions could pave the way for a solution to the Kashmir issue. "I call upon both India and Pakistan to retain the spirit of the Lahore Declaration. This will require restraint, wisdom and constructive steps from both sides," Annan told newsmen on his arrival here on the first leg of his four-nation visit to South Asia late Saturday night. Responding to a question on why the UN resolution on Kashmir could not be implemented on the lines of the resolution on East Timor, Annan said there were two types of UN resolutions. The UN resolutions that come under Chapter Seven of the Charter were self-enforcing like those related to East Timor and Iraq. The second type of resolutions which do not fall in the purview of Chapter Seven needed co-operation of the concerned parties. "The UN resolutions on Kashmir do not fall in the category of Chapter Seven and hence required cooperation of the concerned parties for their implementation and in this case it is lacking," he said. The Hurriyat Conference in Srinagar reacted sharply to Annan's remarks on the resolution of the Kashmir issue, accusing the world body of being "biased" and 'shirking its commitments" to the Kashmiris. The Hurriyat executive council will meet in Srinagar on Monday to discuss the statement by Annan and nominate a team which will seek a meeting with the UN chief during his visit to New Delhi. Annan ruled out separate UN human rights commission on Kashmir saying the world body had a very active Human Rights Commission based in Geneva, which regularly monitors human rights situation the world over. He met with president Mohammad Rafiq Tarar and discussed the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, among other regional issues. The UN chief later began talks with Pakistani foreign minister Abdul Sattar, focussing on issues of "peace and security in South Asia, particularly the situation in Kashmir," officials said.(Agencies)   

 

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