27 November, 2020

Too Much,Too Little

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

Too Much,Too Little

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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