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International Current Affairs August 2nd Week 2019

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for restraint over J&K issue:

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on India and Pakistan to exercise "maximum restraint" and refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir as the 1972 Simla Agreement to sort out differences between the two countries.

The Secretary-General`s remarks came after India on Monday revoked Article 370 to withdraw special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Pakistan termed the Indian action as "unilateral and illegal", and said it would take the matter to the UN Security Council.Pakistan sought UN intervention to put pressure on India, Guterres did not offer to mediate. He also urged the two countries to sort out their differences in accordance with the provisions of the 1972 Simla Agreement.The Secretary-General had no plans to brief the Security Council  a practice followed when the situation in a particular instance is considered serious enough to warrant such a briefing.The Secretary-General has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint," Dujarric said, adding that there had been contacts from the UN Secretariat both with the Indian and Pakistani authorities and with the Permanent Missions of India and Pakistan.

The Secretary-General also recalls the 1972 agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement, which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means" in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, Dujarric said.

Pakistan had announced it was downgrading diplomatic and trade ties with India, expelling Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria and deciding not to send its envoy-designate to New Delhi.

Pakistan’s moves were aimed at presenting an alarming picture to the world of the state of bilateral ties.

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International Current Affairs August 2nd Week 2019

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