India For Winding Up UN Mission On Kashmir

India For Winding Up UN Mission On Kashmir

21 January 2013
The Hindu
Sandeep Dikshit

New Delhi: India has suggested the winding up of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) because its “role has been overtaken by Indo-Pak Shimla Agreement in 1972.” Participating in a debate on U.N. peacekeeping operations, India’s Permanent Representative Hardeep Puri reiterated India’s call for more effective utilisation of resources. In this context, he felt the U.N. should consider whether money being allocated for UNMOGIP could be allocated to another mission which required beefing up. Mr. Puri pressed home the point about the U.N. mission having outlived its utility. The Shimla Agreement which enjoins India and Pakistan to bilaterally sort out their disputes was “signed by the heads of the two governments and ratified by their respective parliaments”, he pointed out. “In times of austerity, we need to address the question, whether the resources being spent on UNMOGIP would not be better utilised elsewhere,” he added. India has two main complaints against the U.N. peacekeeping architecture. One, manpower providers such as India must be kept in the loop while taking a decision on the mission and keeping everyone informed when it changes character. The second grouse is about resource allocation failing to keep pace with the mandate expansion. As a result peacekeeping missions are called upon to do more and more with less and less. This has added to operational challenges faced by peacekeepers and missions are overstretched due to shortage of personnel and equipment.