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Sharif rakes up Kashmir in meeting with UN chief, gets no positive response

The Pakistan PM also said his government’s foremost priority was to build a peaceful neighbourhood

world Updated: Jan 20, 2017 18:34 IST
Sharif met Guterres on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum at Davos.(Reuters File)

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday raked up the issue of Kashmir in his first meeting with new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, but got no positive response to his request for the world body’s intervention in the issue.

Sharif, who met Guterres on the sidelines of World Economic Forum at Davos, said Kashmir needed attention of the UN, the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

“A sustained dialogue process on all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir is essential to make progress. It was in this spirit that we invited India for discussions on the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and aspirations of the Kashmiri people,” Sharif said to the UN chief.

The Pakistan Prime Minister claimed that India did not respond positively to his country’s “invitation” for dialogue and adopted a “no-talks posture, vitiating the atmosphere through incendiary statements....”

According to his office’s statement, Sharif also raised the issue of Indus Water Treaty with the UN Secretary General.

“We look forward to your leadership and good offices.. the United Nations has longstanding responsibility to play a role in the resolution of these issues,” Sharif said.

Guterres gave no positive response to Sharif’s demand.

He told Sharif that he was “fully cognisant of the sensitivity of the issues between India and Pakistan which has security consequences for the region,” the statement said.

Sharif said his government’s foremost priority was to build a peaceful neighbourhood.

“We are committed to lasting peace and security in our region and an environment conducive to economic cooperation; which is in the interest of all the people of South Asia,” he said.

First Published: Jan 20, 2017 16:47 IST