May 2004 News

Kashmir: Kasuri pins hopes on UN observers' group

17 May 2004
The Dawn
Our Correspondent

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan said on Monday that the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) 'can help in promoting a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.' Addressing the UN Security Council special meeting on UN peace keeping operations, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmud Kasuri, who presided over the UN Security Council special session said the UNMOGIP 'continues to make a substantive contribution to the preservation of peace in Kashmir.' He said that a just solution to the Kashmir issue has to be in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and UNMOGIP could contribute towards such a resolution. Saying that Pakistan has a vital stake in the success of UN peacekeeping operations Mr Kasuri said that the future UN peacekeeping operations should be well- conceived and well-executed. Mr Kasuri emphasized that UN peacekeepers must be provided with full financial, administrative and logistic support and they must have accurate and timely field intelligence and, where necessary, robust rules of engagement. He said that the peace keeping operations should also address the root causes of conflict so as to ensure durable peace and stability, and prepare the ground for post-conflict reconciliation, reconstruction and development and once deployed, UN peacekeepers must complete their tasks.


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