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Kashmir dispute to be resolved bilaterally by diplomatic ties – Russia

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Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanski has said his country hopes that the on-going crisis regarding Kashmir will be settled bilaterally by political and diplomatic mediums between Pakistan and India.

In a series of posts on Twitter, the Russian envoy said, “Russia continues to consistently promote normalization of Pakistan-India ties.”

“We hope that existing divergences around Kasmir will be settled bilaterally by political and diplomatic means only on the basis of Simla Agreement of 1972 and Lahore declaration of 1999, in accordance with UN Charter, relevant UN resolutions and bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan,” he tweeted.

Polyanski further said Russia is friends and good partners with both India and Pakistan and both peoples. “We have no hidden agendas. So we will open-heartedly continue to engage with Islamabad and New Delhi in order to help both of them come to terms and have good neighborly relations Kashmir,” he added.

The Russian envoy’s tweets came after UN Security Council’s meeting on Friday which was called to discuss the on-going tensions in Indian occupied Kashmir.

The UNSC’s closed-door convention at the request of China and Pakistan ponder over the Indian government’s unilateral decision to abolish the special status of occupied Kashmir.

The council summoned the meeting regarding critical situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir after more than 50 years since it was last discussed on the forum, completely rejecting India’s claim that occupied Kashmir was its internal matter rather than an internationally recognized dispute.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed his anger over the possibility of false flag operation by India and violations of the ceasefire agreement on the LoC which could further compromise peace and security of the region.

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