Srinagar: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will highlight the “critical situation in Kashmir” during his meeting with the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi.
“If the situation in Occupied Kashmir is not addressed according to the wishes of its people, it would have far-reaching consequences,” Fatemi was quoted as saying in the report.
Fatemi termed Kashmir a “flash point”, which he said could turn into a very serious situation.
“Prime Minister will seek UN’s role in addressing the long-standing dispute,” he said.
Early this month, Pakistan’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had sent a letter to new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, saying it is responsibility of the UN to play its role for the “just and durable” settlement of the outstanding issue of Kashmir.
He had emphasised the “responsibility of the United Nations for the just and durable settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with resolutions of the Security Council”.
On January 13, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that Guterres does not “lack interest” in resolving the Kashmir issue but has not been able to speak with leaders of India and Pakistan since he assumed office as the world body’s.
Dujarric had rejected the assertion when asked during the daily press briefing that “no efforts” are being made by the former Portuguese Prime Minister to resolve the Kashmir issue while he has taken much interest in the resolution of the situation in Cyprus.
Dujarric said that while Guterres, who took charge on January 1, has had a number of contacts with government leaders around the world, he has not been able yet to speak to every leader that he would like to speak to.
“The fact that he’s not had a phone conversation with the Prime Minister of India nor the Prime Minister of Pakistan, to my knowledge, in no way signifies a lack of interest in solving the issue around Kashmir nor many of the other issues that we see around the world,” Dujarric said, adding that the new UN chief should be given a bit of time.