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China says Washington’s UN move complicates Masood Azhar issue

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here that China is adopting constructive and reasonable stand on the issue to resolve it properly.

world Updated: Apr 03, 2019 17:43 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times, Beijing
China,US,UNSC
China on Wednesday accused the US of ‘complicating’ the issue of designating Jaish-e-Mohammad founder Masood Azhar a global terrorist. (AFP)

China on Wednesday reiterated that it was “working hard” to resolve the matter of designating Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief, Masood Azhar, as a global terrorist and strongly criticised Washington’s statement about using “all available resources” to do so as counterproductive.

The US on March 27 had circulated a draft resolution within the powerful 15-nation UN Security Council (UNSC) to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

Washington took the direct route to the UNSC after China on March 13 put a hold on an international proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.

China wasn’t pleased with the US move and said that it would “complicate” the situation.

On Tuesday, the US State Department said it will “utilise all available resources” to ensure Azhar would be held accountable for terror attacks including the deadly suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in February.

Responding to a question on the latest US statement, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang expressed Beijing’s displeasure at the development.

“China has been working hard with relevant sides and is making positive results. The US knows that very well. Under such circumstances, the US still insists on pushing the draft resolution, doesn’t make any sense.”

He reiterated that the US action was not consistent with UN rules and customary practice and set a bad precedent.

“It only complicates the issue. It is not conducive to peace and stability in south Asia. China will continue to adopt a constructive and responsible attitude to participate in discussions and deliberations on the designation issue. We hope there will be a proper solution to this issue,” he added.

China has so far blocked four bids at the UN to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

On a separate question on Pakistan saying that so far no evidence has come out about JeM’s involvement in the Pulwama attack in Kashmir, Geng said Beijing’s stand remains consistent: India and Pakistan should resolve disputes through dialogue.

“On the recent incident in Kashmir, China has stated its position. We hope south Asia could maintain peace and stability and we hope India and Pakistan will engage in dialogue and through dialogue and consultation resolve outstanding issues,” Geng said.

First Published: Apr 03, 2019 16:12 IST