Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi at the UN said that the non-implementation of long-standing UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Kashmir pose a question on its credibility.
Speaking in a debate on “Mediation and Settlement of Disputes” in the UNSC, Lodhi maintained that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains among the oldest issues on the agenda of the Council.
“Through its various resolutions, the Security Council has provided that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir will be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations,” she said.
“The Security Council also instituted several mechanisms including the UN Commission on India and Pakistan (UNCIP), the deployment of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and the appointment of distinguished Representatives of the United Nations, who consulted the parties and submitted reports on how to resolve the dispute in accordance with provisions of the Security Council resolutions,” added Lodhi.
“Sadly, these resolutions remain unimplemented to date. The international community cannot succeed in its efforts to strengthen conflict prevention and promote pacific dispute settlement if the Security Council’s own resolutions are held in abeyance, by some,” regretted Maleeha Lodhi.
“What is, at stake is both the Council’s credibility as well as the objective of durable peace in our region. We must not fail these tests,” she stressed.
She urged the Security Council to make more frequent use of the Secretary-General’s offices and other possibilities for mediation and conciliation.