NEW DELHI :
A move by Pakistan to focus world attention on the Kashmir dispute with India by raising the matter at the UN Security Council fell through late Wednesday with countries like France opposing the move, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.
India slammed Pakistan for again trying to raise the matter at the UN with India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin stating that alarmist views painted by Pakistan of the situation in the region had failed to garner support and was dismissed as a distraction.
The Kashmir issue was discussed by the UN Security Council thanks to China raising the matter on behalf of its “all-weather ally" Pakistan. It comes after India amended its constitution to integrate Kashmir more closely with the rest of the country.
At the end of the session, China stood isolated in the Pakistani corner, while other countries in the UNSC— France, Russia, Britain and the US — backed India, news reports from New York said.
The Chinese attempt failed as other member countries said Kashmir was a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan.
"We are happy that neither alarmist scenario painted by the representatives of Pakistan nor any of the baseless allegations made repeatedly by representatives of Pakistan in the UN fora were found to be credible today," Akbaruddin was quoted as saying by PTI.
“We are glad that the effort was viewed as a distraction and it was pointed by many friends that bilateral mechanisms are available to raise and address issues that Pakistan may have in its ties with India," he said.
“Pakistan’s practice of using false pretenses to distract from addressing the malaise that afflicts it has run its course. We hope that Pakistan pays heed to the clear signals sent out here today and focusses on the hard tasks it has to address in order to ensure normal relations with India," Akbaruddin added.
Earlier on Wednesday, China made the fresh pitch to raise the Kashmir issue under “other matters" during closed consultations in the Security Council Consultations Room. The move follows two other attempts by China to help Pakistan focus attention on Kashmir that most countries say is a bilateral dispute between India and Pakistan.
A European diplomat, heading into the Security Council meeting, had described the discussions on Kashmir during the closed consultations to be “low key," another PTI report said.
Another European diplomat said the issue should be resolved bilaterally and it was a “domestic affair," the report said.
Coming out of the meeting, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said: “We had a meeting on Jammu and Kashmir. And I’m sure you all know that Foreign Minister of Pakistan wrote letters to the Security Council asking the Security Council to pay attention to the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The issue of India and Pakistan has always been on the agenda of the Security Council and today we have also seen some tensions, so the Security Council had a briefing and heard at the briefing from the Secretariat concerning the current situation on the ground. Members exchanged views on that".
Zhang later said China “has stated our position very clearly. We remain concern about the situation on the ground (in Kashmir)."
When asked if the meeting advanced anything, he said: “ I am sure the meeting will be helping both parties to understand the risk of further escalation and will encourage them to approach to each other and to have dialogue and to seek means, to seek solutions through dialogue. I think that will be helpful".