Position on Kashmir governed by Security Council resolutions, asserts UN chief

11:31 PM | 8 Aug, 2019
Position on Kashmir governed by Security Council resolutions, asserts UN chief
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UNITED NATIONS - The Secretary-General of United Nations stated on Thursday that the position of the United Nations on Kashmir is governed by the Charter of the United Nations and applicable Security Council resolutions.

In a statement, the UN chief said he has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint.

"The Secretary-General also recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement, which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations," said a press release issued by António Guterres's office.

The Secretary-General also stated that he is also concerned over reports of restrictions on the Indian-side of Kashmir, which could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region.

"The Secretary-General calls on all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir," the statement said.

The remarks came after India scrapped the special status of Kashmir, drawing ire from the people of the restive valley as well as Pakistan and international community.