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Kashmir is still not connected.

Withdrawing its request for a Security Council briefing on Kashmir, China’s envoy has claimed “talks” on a letter from Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi about the situation in the Union Territory continues one of the members.

He said the matter of the withdrawal was between China’s Permanent Representative Zhang Jun and US Permanent Representative Kelly Craft, the Council’s president for the month. Kelly probably had a role in steering Beijing away from the conversation of consultations.

The claim of “discussions” was possibly made as a facesaving gesture after taking back the proposal for consultations on Kashmir, which found no takers.

There have been Security Council discussions, and discussions are happening there.”

His press briefing focused on a resolution that Russia and China intend to introduce on North Korea asking for some of the sanctions with a humanitarian impact to be lifted and Washington and Pyongyang restart their dialogue.

If China had gone ahead with the request for the Kashmir consultations, it would have preceded an expected visit to India by Foreign Minister Wang Yi this month for talks with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on the border issue.

Initially on Monday morning, diplomatic sources said that Beijing was making a request for a closed door briefing on Kashmir for Tuesday. But then there were other developments and discussions that led to the decision not to proceed with it, sources said.

The correspondence from Pakistan that Zhang mentioned had alleged that India had eliminated portions of the fence on the Line of Control in five businesses and deployed Brahmos, anti-tank and other missiles were being set up along the line.

Sources said that when China approached some Council members with the letter to make its case for a briefing on Kashmir they responded that they would rather want to see a report in the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). There was just a small window to bring up Kashmir this year.

According to the Council’s programme, it is going to hold its last scheduled session for the year on Thursday and next year it will be reconstituted with some five non-permanent members carrying taking the place of those retiring.

China’s President Xi Jinping met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mamallapuram in October for a cordial meeting after China had succeeded in getting the Security Council to hold a closed door meeting on Kashmir on August 16.

The meeting ended without any diplomatic fallout and the president for that month, Poland’s Permanent Representative Joanna Wronecka, didn’t issue any statement on the meeting because the members could not agree on one. Permanent member France had led the opposition to the Council or its president making any statement on the situation.

There was just a small window left to bring it up Kashmir this month, which would now be an impossibility. According to the Council’s programme, it will hold its last scheduled session for the year on Thursday and next year it will be reconstituted with some new non-permanent members taking taking the place of those retiring.

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