March 2016 News

Use Of Veto Hindered K-issue Resolution: Pak

11 March 2016
Rising Kashmir
Yoshita Singh

New York: Raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations, Pakistan has said use of the veto in Security Council prevented solving the longstanding dispute and hindered implementation of UN resolutions on the matter. Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, speaking in the Inter-Governmental Negotiations on Security Council reform here on March 9, said 'The use of the veto in the Security Council prevented a resolution of the longstanding dispute of Kashmir and hindered implementation of UN Resolutions on the issue'. Her remarks were made available in a press release issued by the Pakistan mission to the UN. According to UN records, Russia - a permanent member of the Security Council - had in 1962 vetoed an Irish resolution that had urged India and Pakistan to enter negotiations for settlement of the Kashmir dispute. Lodhi reiterated Pakistan's position on the veto, saying that it was opposed to adding new permanent members to the Council with or without a veto. She said any privileged role in decision-making contradicts the shared goal of making the Security Council more democratic, representative and accountable, according to the press release. 'Pakistan supports expansion of the Security Council only in the non-permanent category,' she added. In the meeting, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin had reaffirmed India's position that the veto should, as long as it exists, be extended to new permanent members and as a measure of 'flexibility and willingness for compromise', the use of the veto can be deferred till a future Review Conference. Strongly opposing deferment of veto issue, Lodhi said that Pakistan considers veto as an important key issue that needs to be tackled as part of a comprehensive reform of the Security Council, the press release added. 'This cannot be ignored or deferred. Pakistan does not support any proposal that aims to defer consideration of this key issue or leave open the possibility of its extension to other members through a review process,' she added. Lodhi also said that the nations calling for the extension of the veto to new permanent members of the Security Council at the same time criticise its use or abuse. The release quoted her as saying that Pakistan believes that ideally the veto should be abolished. 'But being cognisant that such proposals could themselves be vetoed, we support pragmatic approaches and measures that could restrict or limit the use of veto,' she added.