Ahead of big take over UNSC, India adds might to diplomatic network

unsc1New Delhi, Aug 10: India is readying for the big take over as the non-permanent member of the Security Council in January 2021.

India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar will personally review India’s stint at the UNSC every month. Meanwhile India has appointed an additional deputy permanent representative and a counsellor to hand matters relating to the UNSC. R Ravindran, and IFS officer posted as joint secretary (Central and West Asia) will join at the rank of DPR at the Indian Permanent Mission to the UN at New York. Pratik Mathur, IFS and the deputy secretary (PMO) will join as counsellor, sources familiar with the developments tell OneIndia.

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Pak back at UNSC over Kashmir, India to respond to rant at appropriate time

Shah Mahmood QureshiNew Delhi, Apr 13: India will respond at the appropriate time over Pakistan’s latest rant on the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan went back to the United Nations Security Council over the Jammu and Kashmir issue and this time it has questioned the new set of domicile rules that were issued by the Union Home Ministry last month.

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Let us analyse and find origins of coronavirus: US tells UN Security Council

unsc-1aNew Delhi, Apr 10: The United States sought for a science based data collection and analysis of the origins of the coronavirus.

Ambassador Kelly Kraft told the United Nations Security Council that he could not stress enough hw important these methods are. The UNSC had its first closed door meeting to discuss the outbreak of the pandemic. The point made by Kraft echoed what US President Donald Trump has said on the virus while labelling the virus as as the Chinese virus. The Trump administration has often underscored its origin in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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UNSC meet to discuss COVID-19 on April 10, 1.30 am

unsc-1aNew Delhi, Apr 09: The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed door informal consultation on COVID-19. The meeting will be held at 1.30 am on April 10.

This comes after 10 non-permanent members led by the Dominican Republic forced the UN Secretary General to hold a discussion on the pandemic.

UNSC set to hold closed door informal discussions on COVID-19 this week

unsc-1aNew Delhi, Apr 06: The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed door informal consultation on COVID-19 this week. This comes after 10 non-permanent members led by Dominican Republic forced the UN Secretary General to hold a discussion on the pandemic.

This development comes after China demitted the Presidency of the UN Security Council last week. It may be recalled that Estonia had attempted to have a discussion on the pandemic, but was blocked by China, Russia and South Africa. It was argued that this was not a peace and security issue and hence could not be part of the UNSC’s mandate.

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Demand created: Why no country wants to take on China on the coronavirus

unsc-1aNew Delhi, Mar 27: Efforts to initiate a discussion at the United Nations Security Council over the outbreak of the coronavirus were nixed by China.

Along with China, both Russia and South Africa said that there was no need to discuss the issue as there was no direct link between the spread of the virus and threat to peace and security of the world.

Hafiz Saeed continued to draw pension of Rs 47,500 per month even after founding Lashkar

New Delhi, Sep 28: Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief, Hafiz Saeed had completed pensionable service of 25 years upon his retirement in 1999. He was drawing a pension of Rs 45,700 through his bank account, Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations had written to the UNSC panel.

Hafiz Saeed had requested for the release of frozen funds and Pakistan in a letter to the UNSC had backed it. Saeed according to the letter retired from the Lahore University of Engineering and Technology in 1999. He continued to draw a pension even after founding the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. It was only after the UNSC designated him as a global terrorist in 2008 that his bank accounts were frozen.

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Not even a formal note at UNSC: How Pakistan failed to internationalise the Kashmir issue

unsc1New Delhi, Aug 17: India remained unfazed and navigated moves by Pakistan to internationalise the Kashmir issue. India continued to maintain that the constitutional changes that were made in Jammu and Kashmir were internal to India.

The UN security council members rejected Pakistan’s demand for a formal meeting and also did not adopt an informal statement.

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And now Poland: Has Pakistan lost the Kashmir plot at UN already?

New Delhi, Aug 13: Speaking out for the first time since the abrogation of Article 370, Poland has made it clear that a solution to the Kashmir issue should be found bi-laterally. Poland currently holds the UNSC presidency.

The statement by Poland comes a few days after Russia, a permanent member of the UNSC made it clear that the move by India was carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India.

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In the Chinese block on Masood Azhar, there is more than what meets the eye

New Delhi, Mar 14: For the fourth time, China has stood in the way of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, Masood Azhar being declared a global terrorist by the UN Security council.

Azhar is accused of several deadly terror attacks that include the ones at Parliament, Pathankot, Uri, Nagrota and Pulwama.

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