The lack of a statement after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Kashmir was a loud statement, said India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin.
The senior Indian diplomat spoke to CNBC-TV18 in the first episode of 'The Global Eye', a show that would exclusively look at India's foreign policy positions and big global headlines.
Akbaruddin told CNBC-TV18 that nobody bought the rhetoric on Article 370 and India's position found broad resonance with UNSC members, "India’s brief is simple – Issues which relate to adjustment of federal arrangements within India are not threats to international peace and security."
Speaking about the impromptu press conference, Akbaruddin said he had little time for preparation, "There were no plans for a statement as the UNSC was not making a collective statement. Some others decided to make a statement or two and therefore we decided that we should also place our perspective."
After the UNSC meeting, diplomats from China and Pakistan said that UNSC members had expressed grave concern about the situation in Kashmir. The two diplomats made statements but took no questions. Thereafter, Akbaruddin clarified that adjustment of federal arrangements was an internal matter with no external ramifications and a few members were trying to pass off their opinions as the will of the international community.
The Indian Ambassador took six questions from the international media, including three from Pakistani journalists. The Indian diplomat has been praised for walking across and shaking hands with Pakistani journalists in the middle of the press conference.
Recalling that moment, Akbaruddin said, "Diplomats need to try and bridge differences rather than add to divergences. This was my small effort to show that India stands ready to bridge differences and we are waiting for a response from the other side."
Pakistan could now attempt to take up the Kashmir issue at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the UN Human Rights Council. The diplomat said that what the media saw last Friday was just a small part of a larger diplomatic response that India is working on and India is prepared to explain the ground situation to anyone and any forum.
Akbaruddin also pointed out that while raking up the Kashmir dispute at the UN may be an annual itch for Pakistan, the UN Secretary-General is currently focusing on climate action, universal health coverage and financing for development. India has a primary role to play in all these areas and it remains ready to deal with Pakistan’s rhetoric on Kashmir, he said.