US hits at China: China on Wednesday hit out at the US for threatening to use “all available resources” to designate Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’, saying Washington’s move is complicating the issue and not conducive to peace and stability in South Asia.
After China put a hold on a French proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council, the US on March 27 circulated a draft resolution to the powerful 15-nation Council to blacklist Azhar and subject him to a travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo. China, on Monday criticised the US for directly taking the issue of listing Azhar as global terrorists to UN Security Council after it had put a technical hold on the US, UK and French resolution earlier to declare him a global terrorist in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee dealing with counter-terrorism issues.
On Monday, Geng claimed “positive progress” has been made to resolve the vexed issue and accused the US of scuttling its efforts. China has so far blocked the move to designate Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’ four times in recent years. On Wednesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said vast majority of the UNSC members believe that efforts should be made under the 1267 Sanctions Committee to solve this designation through dialogue and consultation instead of pushing the draft resolution at the UNSC
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