Respect political situation in Kashmir: UN peace panel head

United Nations, April 28: Taking a hands-off approach on Kashmir, UN Peace Building Commission chair Macharia Kamau has said that the primacy of politics and the local conditions that drive any negotiations between India and Pakistan have to be “respected.”

Answering questions at a news conference, Kamau said that the Kashmir issue “will be resolved in the context of the local domestic political environment between Pakistan and India.” Kamau is also Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN.

Outlining the Commission’s three-fold approach to the Kashmir issue, he cited “the primacy of politics” and said, “We have to respect the local conditions that drive the negotiations.”

Another element was that “we respect the idea they must sustain peace, so the situation cannot be allowed to deteriorate,” he said.

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