United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to use the opportunity of discussions during the high-level United Nations General Assembly Session on September 27 to raise the J&K issue, informed the UN Chief’s spokesman. 

On Thursday, a spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric has said that the UN Chief has underscored the need for discussion as the only way to solve the issue and “as part of the solution for the current crisis in Kashmir, to make sure that human rights aspects are very much dealt with, as well.”

While replying to a query on Kashmir, Mr. Dujarric has said, “…On Kashmir, the UN Secretary-General… has said previously, he remains engaged. I think he will also use the opportunity of discussions during the General Assembly to raise it.”

On Wednesday, Antoni Guterres has heightened that “dialogue” between Pakistan and India is an “absolute essential element” for reaching a solution on the J&K issue, has said that his good officers are available should both sides asked for it and called for respecting human rights. 

Ahead of the UNGA, Mr. Guterrs has said that “well,  our capacity is related to good offices, and good offices can only be implemented when the parties accept it. And, on the other hand, it relates to advocacy, and the advocacy was expressed and will be maintained.”

Antonio Guterres was enquired by a Pakistani Journalist about Jammu & Kashmir and what he might do to bring a solution to Kashmir issue. 

He further said, “I go on with a clear opinion that human rights must be fully respected in the territory, and I go on with the clear opinion that dialogue between India and Pakistan is an absolutely essential element for the solution of the problem.”

India has always claimed that Jammu and Kashmir is its “internal matter” and ruled out any third-party mediation, including either from the United States and the United Nations, claims that it is a bilateral issue with Pakistan. 

Mr. Guterrs has repeatedly asserted that his good officers are available only of both sides urges for it. 

Tension heightened between India and Pakistan after India has scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s “special status” on August 5. Pakistan has demoted diplomatic ties with New Delhi and sent back the Indian High Commissioner.

Pakistan has tried to internationalize the issue of J&K but India has claimed that the scrapping of Article 370 was the “internal matter” of the country. 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to raise the issue at the United Nations General Assembly Session in New York on September 27. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to deliver a speech at the Session.

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