China on Tuesday stated that the designation of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar by the United Nations’ 1267 Sanctions Committee will be “properly resolved”, as many countries including United States urges to resolve the matter.
China might lift the technical hold, which it has blocked four times consecutively to add Azhar’s name on the UN’s Sanctions Committee.
“I can only say that I believe that this will be properly resolved,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang stated while briefing the media in Beijing.
Geng was responding to the questions during the press briefing about the possible reports about China’s consent to lift its technical hold on a fresh proposal which was moved by France, the UK and the UK to enlist JeM’s chief Masood Azhar under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.
Emphasising on the need to resolve this through dialogue and consultation, Geng stated that, the relevant consultations are going on with the committee to achieve some progress and with joint efforts from all parties it can be resolved.
India has sought out Azhar’s designation to be enlisted in the UN’s Sanctions since 2016, however the latest push came forth after February 14 Pulwama attack on the Central Reserve Police Force in Indian-held Kashmir, which was claimed by JeM.
The resolution put forth by India was supported by UNSC’s permanent members the US, the United Kingdom and France. China has been with holding the process by applying technical hold.
Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Geng also added that the matter needs to be resolved and have opposed to deal with the issue in the UNSC, where proceedings are public as compared to the sanctions committee which is operated in secrecy.