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China has used its veto power as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to place a "technical hold" on India's bid to designate the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief as a global terrorist for the fourth time since 2009.
More than 10 countries had supported India's bid to designate JeM Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in the United Nations Security Council 1267 list, as co-sponsors.
The proposal was moved by France, UK, and the US on February 27. Germany became a co-sponsor to the proposal later on Wednesday.
Beijing had tipped its hand earlier on Wednesday. "I could reiterate that China will continue to adopt a responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media.
A statement issued by the external affairs ministry in New Delhi expressed “disappointment” at the UN’s Islamic State and al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee being unable to come to a decision on the move to sanction Azhar “on account of a member placing the proposal on hold”.
“This is has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of JeM, a prescribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019,” the statement said.
India expressed its gratitude towards members of the UN Security Council who moved the latest proposal for Azhar’s listing and the “unprecedented number of all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors”.
The statement added: “We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice.”
Outraged by China, blocking for the fourth time a move to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, UNSC members warned they may be forced to pursue other actions at Security Council if Beijing continued with this policy.
US Embassy Spokesperson: With respect to China, the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and a failure to designate Masood Azhar runs counter to this goal. https://t.co/4W2CTa1stK— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2019