Srinagar: The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has depicted Jammu and Kashmir as a “separate country” on one of its web sections.
In its page on non-governmental organisations (NGOs)—more precisely, in the ‘Advanced search for Civil Society Organization’ section—Jammu and Kashmir has been inserted in the ‘Country / Geographical area’ section, The National Herald reported.
The page is about the listing of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Interestingly, apart from Jammu and Kashmir, ‘Occupied Syrian Golan’ has also been listed as a separate country/geographical area in the database.
The Observer States have the right to speak at General Assembly meetings, vote on procedural matters, serve as signatories on working papers, and sign resolutions, but not to sponsor resolutions or vote on resolutions of substantive matters. “The other Observers to the UN are inter-governmental organisations of the member States of the UN like European Union, SAARC etc,” the report maintained.