Thursday, January 4, 2007

United Nations Must Fulfill Kashmir Obligation

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UN must fulfill Kashmir obligation


Washington, DC.  January 5, 2007.  Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director of the Kashmiri American Council / Kashmir Center, lamented today's 58th anniversary of the non‑implementation of the January 5, 1949, United Nations Security Council resolution which states that "The question of the ac! cession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir to India or Pakistan will be decided through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite;…The Secretary-General of the United Nations will, in agreement with the Commission, nominate a Plebiscite Administrator who shall be a personality of high international standing and commanding general confidence…No restrictions are placed on legitimate political activity throughout the State. All subjects of the State, regardless of creed, caste or party, shall be safe and free in expressing their views and in voting on the question of the accession of the State to India or Pakistan. There shall be freedom of the Press, speech and assembly and freedom of travel in the State, including freedom of lawful entry and exit."
Dr. Fai said while addressing a gathering of peace activists in Washington that today we find that the resolution of January 5, 1949 has not been implemented even after the lapse of 58 long years.  Kashmir is not an integral part of any country and yet we have the failure of the realization of the expression of self-determination of the people of Kashmir.  
He emphasized that Kashmiris' claim to self-determination is exceptionally strong even without the United Nations recognition.  Kashmir has been historically independent, except in the anarchical conditions of late 18th and the first half of 19th centuries. The territory of Kashmir is larger in size than 121 independent countries and bigger in number than 117 nations of the world.  The Kashmiri culture - Kashmiriat - is distinct from other cultures in the area in all respects -- folklore, dress, traditions, and cuisine.

Dr. Fai called upon the newly elected United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon to impress upon the parties concerned to create an atmosphere for a free and impartial plebiscite in Kashmir that will guarantee peace and prosperity not only in Kashmir but in the whole region of South Asia – that is home to one-fifth of total human race.

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