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India objects to China’s reference to J&K and Ladakh at UNGA

China raised the Kashmir issue at the UN and said that the issue should be peacefully and properly addressed in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and bilateral agreements.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 28, 2019 6:33:32 pm
India objects to China's reference to J&K and Ladakh at UNGA Raveesh Kumar said that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are an integral part of India, adding that the Chinese side is well aware of India’s position that the recent developments were an internal matter. (PTI Photo)

Taking a strong note of China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s reference to Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh in his UNGA reference, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the recent developments in the region were “entirely a matter internal” to the country, reported PTI.

The MEA spokesperson said that India expects other countries to respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “We expect that other countries will respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and desist from efforts to change the status quo through the illegal so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” Kumar was quoted as saying by PTI.

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China had raised the Kashmir issue at the UN and said that the “dispute” should be peacefully and properly addressed in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and bilateral agreements. China also stressed that no actions should be taken that would unilaterally change the “status quo” in the region.

“No actions that would unilaterally change the status quo should be taken. As a neighbour of both India and Pakistan, China hopes to see the dispute effectively managed and stability restored to the relationship between the two sides, Wang said in his address to the UN General Assembly on Friday.

Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan too had raised the Kashmir issue, criticising India’s decision and warned of a “bloodbath” in the region. During his debut UN General Assembly speech, Khan spoke for about 50 minutes and repeated many of his remarks made in earlier speeches.

India’s decision on Kashmir last month evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian ambassador. Pakistan has been trying to raise the Kashmir issue at international forums, but New Delhi has asserted that the decision to abrogate Article 370 is an “internal matter”. India also said that there is no scope for any third party mediation on the Kashmir issue.

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