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China calls for ‘responsible discussions’ ahead of UNSC meet on JeM

14 March 2019

China has blocked a bid to designate the leader of the group behind an attack which brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war a terrorist.

China has, on three occasions, placed a "technical hold" on Azhar's designation as a global terrorist in the 1267 committee.

The JeM had taken responsibility for the attack on a CRPF bus on February 14th at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in which over 40 personnel were killed.

China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, and an "all-weather ally" of Pakistan had blocked India's proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee even in 2009 and 2016. The no-objection period deadline was scheduled to end at 3.00 pm local time (New York) Wednesday, (12.30 am IST Thursday). However, just before the close of the deadline, China put a hold on the proposal. The 15-member committee operates by consensus.

India on Saturday said all UNSC members were aware about the JeM training camps and the presence of terror group's chief Masood Azhar in Pakistan, and urged them to designate him as a global terrorist. Following the Pulwama attack, whose responsibility was taken by terror outfit JeM, India once again approached the worldwide community to play its bid in order to ban Masood Azhar and list him as UN-designated terrorist.

This is the fourth time China has blocked such a move.

"I urge Beijing to allow the United Nations to place sanctions on Azhar, the leader of a UN-recognized terrorist organization", Sherman said.

"Only by making a decision through responsible and serious discussions can we resolve the issue in a sustainable manner", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said during a media briefing on Masood's issue.

India expressed disappointment over the development on Wednesday.

"China will continue to adopt responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee", Lu said on Wednesday.

The move didn't go down well with the India government.

In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again.

Under the arms embargo, all states are required to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, spare parts, and technical advice, assistance, or training related to military activities, to designated individuals and entities.

US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo asserted the need for an abrupt action against terrorists at a meeting with Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in Washington on Monday, the State Department said.

"The FM assured me that Pakistan would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to de-escalate tensions with India", he wrote.

China also added that it would play its responsible role in collaboration with all the concerned parties.

China calls for ‘responsible discussions’ ahead of UNSC meet on JeM