Appoint a special envoy to Kashmir: former Norwegian PM to UN Secretary General

Srinagar: Kjell Magne Bondevik, the former Norwegian Prime Minister has urged the UN to appoint a special envoy to Kashmir. In an article published in Financial Express, Mr. Bondevik says the UN needs to take the lead in stopping Kashmir’s torment. Obviously, the UN cannot impose a solution on India and Pakistan. But it can and should appoint a special envoy to help broker a political solution and deliver lasting peace to the region.

He further says that the people of Kashmir deserve a ceasefire, reconciliation, and stability, and it is the duty of the UN to advance this goal. urging the UN to appoint a special envoy to KashmirMr. Bondevik has appealed to UN Secretary-General António Guterres to seize the initiative and help deliver a long-overdue and lasting peace to this region.
Warning that the Kashmir is the nuclear flashpoint he says, “At a time of war in Syria and Yemen, and heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, it is difficult to get the international community to focus on Kashmir. But it is crucial that the conflict not be allowed to spiral out of control, especially given that both countries are nuclear powers.”

Mr: Bondevik has visited Kashmir last year and hold meetings with senior politicians in Pakistan and India.