After 55 years, UN Security Council meets behind closed doors over Occupied Kashmir

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After 55 years, UN Security Council meets behind closed doors over Occupied Kashmir

*NEW YORK - The UN Security Council will be meeting today (Friday) for a consultation on Pakistan and India’s Kashmir issues.*

The consultation is being held at China’s request. It will be closed door, which means the proceedings will be secret and won’t be accessible to reporters.

According to diplomatic sources, the consultations on Wednesday were on Syria and Central Africa, but China brought up the Pakistani request made in a letter to the Council. Pakistan wrote a letter to the council on the human rights violations in Indian-Administered Kashmir and its repeal of Kashmir’s special autonomous state.

During the consultation, only the five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the UK and the US) and the 10 non-permanent members (Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa) will attend. This means that neither Pakistan nor India will be there.

The last time there was a full Security Council meeting on the Himalayan region was in 1965.