UNMOGIP has failed to maintain LoC sanctity: Omar

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J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) has failed to maintain the sanctity of the Line of Control (LoC).

"This group (UNMOGIP) was placed here to maintain the sanctity of the Line of Control. Unfortunately for over past two and a half decades, this organisation has done nothing to maintain the sanctity of the LoC,'' Omar said, replying to a question about the statement made by India's representative in the UN that UNMOGIP should end its role as its position "has been overtaken by the Shimla Agreement of 1972".

Omar said J&K has been a victim of cross-border and cross-LoC terrorism, and UNMOGIP has not passed any strictures while taking note of ceasefire violations.

The Kargil war followed a violation of the LoC by Pakistan. "The United Nations failed to uphold the sanctity of the LoC then," he said.

Soon after the escalation of tensions over the beheading of an Indian soldier on the LoC in Mendhar, Islamabad had suggested a probe by UNMOGIP. New Delhi rejected the suggestion, and India's envoy at the UN, Hardeep Puri, sought the winding up of the mission. Pakistan, on the other hand, has been strongly opposed to any move to disband UNMOGIP.

Since 1990, the UNMOGIP headquarters in the Sonwar neighbourhood of Srinagar city has been a destination for political parties and groups seeking to hand over memorandums to the UN.

UNMOGIP is under the command of an officer of the rank of major general, who is designated Chief Military Observer (CMO), who divides his time between J&K and Islamabad. UNMOGIP has field stations in Rajouri, Poonch and Jammu.

There has been no field station in the Valley since 2003. Across the LoC, there are field stations in Sialkot, Potli, Bimber, Dombi, Rawalakote, Squadoo and Gilgit.

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