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China says no Apr 23 deadline in UN to decide on listing of Azhar as global terrorist

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

on Wednesday dismissed reports that the US, UK and have served it an ultimatum until April 23 to lift its "technical hold" on designating Pakistan-based chief as a global terrorist but claimed that the vexed issue is "moving towards settlement".

After the Pulwama attack, a fresh proposal to designate -- Azhar under the 1267 of the was moved by France, the UK and the US.

However, blocked the bid by putting a "technical hold" on the proposal. Following this, the US backed by the UK and moved directly to (UNSC) to blacklist Azhar.

China, a veto wielding member of the UNSC, had opposed the move, saying the issue should be resolved at the 1267 Committee itself which also functioned under the top UN body.

Reacting to reports that the three have fixed April 23 as deadline for to lift its technical hold in the 1267 Committee or else they would press for a discussion on the issue at the itself, said, I don't know where you get such information."

He said both the and its subsidiary body 1267 Committee have clear rules and procedures.

You need to get clarification from the sources about where you get such information. China's position is very clear. This issue should be resolved through cooperation. We don't believe that any efforts without the consensus of members will achieve a satisfying results," he said.

On the issue of listing Azhar, China's position remains unchanged. We also stay in communication with relevant parties. The matter is moving towards the direction of settlement," he said.

The relevant parties are forcing new resolution through the We firmly oppose that. In fact, the relevant discussion in UNSC, most member expressed wish that this issue should be discussed within the 1267 committee and they don't hope to bypass it to handle the issue," he said.

Without directly referring to the US, Lu said, "We hope the relevant country can respect the opinion of most members of the to act in a cooperative manner and help this issue be properly resolved within the framework of the 1267 Committee."

Asked to elaborate on his assertion that the issue which had been pending for years due to series of technical holds put by China had moved towards resolution, Lu merely reiterated that the matter is moving towards the direction of settlement.

China which has been consistently blocking India, US, UK and France's moves to blacklist Azhar had stalled it once again at the 1267 Committee of the UN on March 14 by putting a "technical hold".

On April 1, China claimed that positive progress has been made to resolve the issue and accused of scuttling its efforts by taking it to the UN Security Council.

China also came up with similar claims on April 3 responding to spokesman's comments that will use all available resources to blacklist Azhar to ensure that he will be held accountable.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 15:35 IST