UN has failed to uphold LoC sanctity: Omar

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Jan 22: Asserting that United Nations has failed to maintain the sanctity of Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said the Government of India has apparently made the demand for winding up the UN mission as the world body “proved unsuccessful in its intent.”
“Clearly, the intent behind the placing of this observer group was to maintain sanctity of the LoC. Unfortunately, if last two and a half decades are any indication, this organization has done nothing to maintain the sanctity of LoC. Whatever Government of India has thought about is obviously in light of this,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a function here to lay foundation stone of Tehzeeb Mahal. Omar was responding to queries in the backdrop of the demand by Government of India that the UN should wind up its mission, mandated to supervise ceasefire on the LoC, in Jammu and Kashmir.
But at the same time, Omar maintained that this (demand for winding up the mission) is an issue between the Government of India and United Nations.
“For more than 22 years, JK has been the victim of cross-border and cross-LoC terror in spite of the presence of UN. But I have to yet see any strictures (by this body) over repeated violations of ceasefire in the past two decades,” Omar said.
“Kargil took place due to violation of the LoC and the UN was singularly unsuccessful in either avoiding or resolving that,” he said.
Omar added that some people would try to link the observer group with ultimate resolution of Kashmir issue. “But this group was not placed here due to what happened in 1947, not due to partition, but due to tension on the LoC,” Omar said.
Omar also said that tension on the LoC wouldn’t have any impact on tourism industry in Kashmir as only disturbances in internal situation affects it. “Last year there was also tension on the LoC in few border areas, but it did not have any effect (on tourist rush),” Omar said.
Seeking cooperation of general public for ensuring peaceful 2013, Omar said that masses foiled the attempts of some elements to vitiate peaceful atmosphere last year.
“We are expecting the same cooperation from the public to ensure peace this year,” he said.
Replying to a query over the remarks of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde that rightwing groups were fanning terrorism, Omar said: “This is not an issue for me to comment. But he (Shinde) would have made such remarks on the basis of inputs as he is a responsible person.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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