UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is concerned about restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, his spokesman said. Stephane Dujarric said the UN chief “calls on all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir,” emphasising that the UN’s position on the region is governed by its charter and successive Security Council resolutions.
“The Secretary-General has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint,” Dujarric said in a statement.
Secretary-General @antonioguterres has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint. The position of the UN on this region is governed by the Charter of the UN and applicable SC resolutions. 👉🏻 https://t.co/QKbxfV9SHE
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) August 8, 2019
Led by Indian PM Narendra Modi, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government in an unexpected move scrapped Article 370, which granted special ‘unfair’ status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan in retaliation decided to minimise diplomatic ties with India. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs through a statement asked Islamabad to review its decision so that “normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved”, which Islamabad rejected.