Statement of the President of the Security Council (French Representative) made on the 18th May, 1964, at the 1117th meeting of the Security Council
(Document No. S/PV. 1117, dated the 18th May, 1964)
summarising the conclusion of the debate on Kashmir.


.. I ..

"(a) The members of the Council noted that this week's debate was a continuation of our discussions
of February and March on the question of Jammu and Kashmir. They recalled that they had already,
particularly during the debate in February, stated the views of their Governments on the basic facts
of the problem, including the relevant United Nations resolutions, the question as to the juridical
status of Jammu and Kashmir, and the principles of the Charter applicable to the case. They
confirmed that the statements which they had made at that time were still valid;"

"(b) The members of the Council expressed their concern with respect to two great countries which
have everything to gain from re-establishing good relations with each other and whose present
disputes, particularly that centring upon Jammu and Kashmir, should be settled amicably in the
interest of world peace;"

"(c) The members of the Council expressed their feeling that recent developments were such as
might lead to the adoption of more flexible positions to better mutual understanding, and therefore to
a situation in which conversations between the parties concerned would have better prospects of
leading to a settlement;"

"(d) The members of the Council expressed their conviction that everything should be done to
consolidate those favourable factors and to avoid jeopardising those prospects, and that this
required an attitude of conciliatory moderation on the part of both parties and an attitude of caution,
but also of vigilant attention, on the part of the United Nations;"

"(e) The members of the Council expressed the hope that both parties would refrain from any act
which might aggravate the situation and that they would take steps calculated to re-establish an
atmosphere of moderation between the two countries and peace and harmony between the
communities;"

"(f) The members of the Council expressed the hope that, in the light of our recent debates, the two
countries concerned would resume their contacts in the near future with a view to settling their
disputes, particularly that centring upon Jammu and Kashmir, by negotiation."

.. II ..

"Several members of the Council expressed the view that the Secretary- General of the United
Nations might possibly give useful assistance to the parties in order to facilitate the resumption of
negotiations in the question of Jammu and Kashmir, or might help them to continue such negotiations
in the event of the latter encountering difficulties. Other members of the Council, however, expressed
the view that the negotiations between India and Pakistan might be complicated by any outside
intervention, and that even the principle of having recourse to the Secretary-General should be a
matter for agreement between the parties."

.. III ..

"The India-Pakistan question remains on the agenda of the Security Council".


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