The Kashmir issue needs a peaceful resolution in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions to ensure global and regional peace and stability, according to a joint declaration signed in Pakistan’s capital city Islamabad by six countries, including Russia and China.
Speakers from the parliaments of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Russia, Turkey and host Pakistan held a two-day meet in Islamabad, which ended Monday with the issuance of the joint declaration, Dawn News reported.
“We agreed that for ensuring global and regional peace and stability, the issue of Jammu & Kashmir needs a peaceful resolution by Pakistan and India in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions,” states the declaration signed by top parliamentarians.
The report quoted sources as saying that the Russian delegation had expressed reservations over the inclusion of the Kashmir issue, which was then picked up by Iran and Afghanistan as well.
Iran, sources claimed, had objections over the language of the Kashmir-specific section.
However, the Pakistani side said that since Russia, Iran and Turkey included issues of political interest to them — such as the crises in Iraq and Syria, the problems of the Middle East and Al-Quds, and Turkey’s failed coup — it would be impossible for Pakistan to leave out the Kashmir issue, the report said.
The report quoted sources as saying that the representatives from Afghanistan proved to be the hardest to convince.
National Assembly media director Mohammad Mohsin Iqbal said there was a difference of opinion among the delegates, which was settled.
Russia has consistently vetoed any resolutions on the Kashmir at the United Nations: in 1962, Moscow used its 100th veto in the Security Council to cull an Irish-sponsored resolution on the issue .
Between 1948 and 1965, the UN Security Council passed 23 resolutions on Kashmir; but after 1965, just one resolution, calling on India and Pakistan to respect the ceasefire line in the wake of the 1971 war, was passed.