27 November, 2020

Too Much,Too Little

Is New Delhi overeacting to Kofi Annan's reference to Kashmir?

Too Much,Too Little
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OFFICIALS of the United Nations are bewildered at the Indian establishment's reaction to what's being considered here as mundane references by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the perennial issue of Kashmir and the debutant topic of Indian and Pakistani nuclear testing in his 236-paragraph annual report to the General Assembly. "It's stunning to see the intensity of comments coming out of New Delhi," remarked a senior UN official. Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said: "I guess the ferocity between political contenders in New Delhi is reflected against the secretary-general's report. I wish the report hadn't become a political football in India."

 Echoing his view, a senior South Asian diplomat said: "First we had a brouhaha from the Indian side at the Durban non-aligned meeting (over the host's references to Kashmir); now they're making a fuss over a UN report. That poor fellow (Annan) has just done his job."

 Diplomats, both from the developing world and the West, said they didn't...

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