K- is­sue be re­solved in con­text of political en­v­i­ron be­tween In­dia, Pak­istan

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

UNITED NA­TIONS— Kash­mir is­sue must be re­solved in the con­text of the do­mes­tic and political environment be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, the head of the UN peace­build­ing com­mis­sion has said as he un­der­lined the need for re­spect­ing the pri­macy of the political sit­u­a­tion on the ground.

“The In­dian Kash­mir is­sue ( with) Pak­istan is an old is­sue. It has been there for a very long time. It will be re­solved in the con­text of the lo­cal, do­mes­tic, political environment be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia,” Peace­build­ing Com­mis­sion Chair Macharia Ka­mau told re­porters at a news con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

Asked by a Pak­istani jour­nal­ist on how any peace build­ing in the area can go for­ward with­out re­solv­ing out­stand­ing is­sues like Kash­mir, he said that the peace build­ing com­mis­sion will be look­ing to see that “we re­spect the idea that they must sus­tain peace, so that the sit­u­a­tion can­not be al­lowed to de­te­ri­o­rate.”

Out­lin­ing the ex­pec­ta­tion and am­bi­tion that the com­mis­sion has for the is­sue in the re­gion, Ka­mau said, “The pri­macy of pol­i­tics, the fact that we have to re­spect the lo­cal, political con­di­tions that drive the ne­go­ti­a­tions has to be re­spected and we reach out to as many of the in­sti­tu­tions within the sub­con­ti­nent to sup­port this process mov­ing for­ward.”

“That is the am­bi­tion that we would have for that process on the sub­con­ti­nent,” he said. He said while such an ap­proach will “ab­so­lutely” com­pli­ment the process it will “un­likely” have an “overnight fun­da­men­tal im­pact” that will change every­thing on the ground.

“That is un­likely pre­cisely be­cause the sit­u­a­tion on the ground is driven by dif­fer­ent forces other than the ones that we are look­ing to our­selves to ad­dress,” he said. On whether the out­come of any res­o­lu­tion on Kash­mir will be de­pen­dent on In­dia’s will­ing­ness to talk to Pak­istan, Ka­mau as­serted that this is not the case.

“I wouldn’t go as far as to say that. What I want to say is that the sit­u­a­tion on the ground has to be re­spected and it isn’t about any one coun­try. It is about all the political play­ers on the ground that is the is­sue,” he said.

When asked that the UN res­o­lu­tion on Kash­mir has been there for decades, will its ob­jec­tives ever be met, he said “we never say never in our busi­ness. That is not the way in which one ap­proaches the pur­suit of peace.

“The whole idea of pur­su­ing peace is to al­ways seek solutions and to look for the his­tor­i­cal mo­ments and op­por­tu­ni­ties that will avail you the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage and to bring the in­stru­ments that are now avail­able to us in the con­text of these res­o­lu­tions to bear on the sit­u­a­tion keep­ing in mind that we have to re­spect the pri­macy of the political sit­u­a­tion on the ground,” he added.— RK

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