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US, France And UK Working On Compromise With China On Masood Azhar's Listing As Global Terrorist

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| March 16 , 2019 , 16:42 IST

As China continues to block the efforts to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azar as a global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council, the US and two other permanent Security Council members, France and Britain, are believed to be in intense discussions with China to arrive at a “compromise” on the issue.

And if that effort does not end up in the formal designation of Azhar, the three permanent members are planning to soon move a resolution for his listing in the most powerful wing of the UN which would be preceded by an open debate on the issue, according to people familiar with the matter.

India had expressed disappointment over the Chinese stance and the original co-sponsors of the resolution had warned they will consider "other actions" to achieve their goal. 

While the internal consultations of the Security Council committee remain private, this time several Council members, frustrated at China's unreasonable stance to protect a terrorist, privately spoke to the media the negative role being played by Beijing. 

The developments have come after China, last week, blocked for the fourth time a resolution at the United Nations Security Council Committee, of which India is a member, on listing Azhar as a global terrorist. Interestingly, even at that time, the proposal was moved by the US, France and the UK.

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China, which considers Pakistan as its “all-weather ally” and “iron brother”, did not yield to intense diplomatic pressure from the US, France, UK, Russia and India. This came despite India reaching out to capitals across the world.

Getting Chinese support to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, at the UN, in any format, would be considered as a terrific accomplishment. The very fact that there have been discussions going on between China and the US, Britain and France, is considered as a positive development.