24 November, 2020

A Year's Reprieve

Pakistan keeps Kashmir on the UN agenda-for now

A Year's Reprieve

EVEN as India looks all set to notch up a strategic victory by holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistan Government faces a barrage of criticism for almost losing a diplomatic battle. For, in an effort to de-bureau-cratise the United Nations, the Security Council has initiated the scrapping of a list of issues that it has had on its agenda since its inception—including the India-Pakistan conflict, i.e. Kashmir.

Under fire from Washington (its largest contributor and greatest defaulter at $1.7 billion) for its outspoken Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and its 'inflated' bureaucracy, the UN's 1998-99 budget, released last month, announced staff cuts of 30 per cent and no increased expenditure. And in an effort to streamline the world body, a decision was taken to phase out dead wood-issues entangled in red tapism which, for too long, have been on the agendas of the various departments.

After month-long deliberations, the president of the Security Council released a note announcing the Council's intention to delete...



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