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UN says won’t monitor situation in Kashmir: snub to Pakistan

In an unusual move, the UN has backtracked from its earlier statement that it will continue to monitor the situation in Kashmir through its military observer group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).  Recently UN had said that it will continue to monitor the situation in Kashmir through its military observer group in India and Pakistan.

Today it clarified that the mission does not have a mandate beyond the Line of Control. The clarification seems to imply that the situation and incidents in Kashmir are India’s internal matter and do not come under the control of UNMOGIP, which only observes and reports on ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.

This clarification was issued by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric on August 2, a day after the UN chief’s deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that the UN will continue to monitor the situation in Kashmir, through UNMOGIP.

According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.

India has maintained that UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control (LoC). India has always stated that it has ‘no role to play whatsoever’.

As of March 31 this year, UNMOGIP has 44 military observers, 25 international civilian personnel and 47 local civilian staff.

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