'How long should Kashmiris wait for peace?' US media asks UN

Posted In: News Date:Aug 18th, 2019

WASHINGTON: The US media remin­ded the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Saturday that it’s responsible for maintaining peace in the world, and this responsibility includes redressing the woes of the Kashmiri people and defusing tensions between India and Pakistan.

“As the (United Nations) diplomatic arm that’s supposed to protect international peace and security, the Security Council should move quickly to get between the two nuclear-armed opponents if there is a significant flare-up,” CNN said in its report on the council’s consultative meeting on Kashmir, held in New York on Friday.

“But for now, it’s only agreed to talk, rather than act,” the report added. CNN then asked the world body how much longer the people in South Asia should wait for the UNSC to play the role of a peacemaker in Kashmir. “Will 50 more years pass before the Council takes up again the hot topic of Kashmir?” asked CNN while pointing out that it took UNSC more than 50 years even to hold a consultative meeting on the disputed land.

A Washington Post editorial reminded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was “playing a dangerous game”.

CNN claims two of the five permanent UNSC members and a major Western power prevented the council from issuing a joint statement

“His sunny vows of transparency aside, the stripping of Kashmir’s autonomy was done in darkness and in the most coercive way possible,” the newspaper noted. “Srinagar, streets are no longer crowded with civilians but awash with India’s armed soldiers, and instead of traffic jams at intersections, there are spools of concertina wire.”