'UNSC should en­force res­o­lu­tions on Kash­mir'

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Pak­istan has called on the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to im­ple­ment its own res­o­lu­tions on Kash­mir, says a press re­lease re­ceived here from New York.

Speak­ing in the de­bate on the Work­ing Meth­ods of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Pak­istan's Am­bas­sador to UN, Maleeha Lodhi said, "The Coun­cil should pe­ri­od­i­cally re­view im­ple­men­ta­tion of its res­o­lu­tions, es­pe­cially on long­stand­ing is­sues like the Jammu and Kash­mir dis­pute".

' Selec­tive' im­ple­men­ta­tion of its res­o­lu­tions, she stressed, un­der­mines the cred­i­bil­ity of the Coun­cil. "Fail­ure to en­force its own res­o­lu­tions un­der­cuts not just the Coun­cil's stand­ing in the world, but the UN's as well", she stated em­phat­i­cally.

Not­ing that all mem­ber states have a stake in the main­te­nance of in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity, the Pak­istani en­voy high­lighted the need for en­hanced en­gage­ment of the Coun­cil with the wider UN mem­ber­ship.

"The num­ber and pro­por­tion of open meet­ings of the Coun­cil must there­fore be in­creased", she added. Am­bas­sador Lodhi also called for en­sur­ing mean­ing­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion of states with a le­git­i­mate stake in the Coun­cil's de­lib­er­a­tions through­out the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.

This, she said, was es­pe­cially true for troop and po­lice con­tribut­ing coun­tries, Pak­istan be­ing among the con­sis­tent and lead­ing ones. "It is essen­tial that the Coun­cil's ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship with Troops Con­tribut­ing Coun­tries (TCCs) is ex­tended be­yond the mere op­er­a­tional as­pects of a man­date, and in­clude de­ci­sion-mak­ing, pol­icy for­mu­la­tion and man­date for­ma­tion as well", she added

The Coun­cil, she said, should be more trans­par­ent and bal­anced in the work­ing of its sub­sidiary or­gans. Elected mem­bers, she em­pha­sised, should have a more eq­ui­table rep­re­sen­ta­tion on th­ese or­gans and they should also play a big­ger role as 'pen­hold­ers' on is­sues on the Coun­cil's agenda. Am­bas­sador Lodhi also urged the Coun­cil to rely more on the in­stru­ment of diplomacy and pa­cific set­tle­ment of dis­putes than on co­er­cive mea­sures.

"In­creas­ing re­liance on Chap­ter VII can lead to im­passe and at times a di­min­ished fo­cus on diplomacy, which is not de­sir­able", she added. She said that be­fore man­dat­ing ac­tions un­der Chap­ter VII of the Char­ter, the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil should en­sure that all re­course to peace­ful means have been ex­hausted, and that it is a mea­sure of last re­sort.

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