Washington, Mar 14: “If China continues to block this designation, responsible member-states may be forced to pursue other actions at the Security Council. It shouldn’t have to come to that,” the statement of UNSC members came after China’s block on Masood as a global terrorist.
Outraged by China’s fourth-time block of Masood, accountable UNSC members expressed anger and warned toughly they ‘may be forced to pursue other actions’ at the Security Council if Beijing continued with this policy.
The diplomat's spokes on condition of anonymity to give a sense of the feeling of other members of the Security Council after China blocked the move to designate Azhar a global terrorist. Beijing previously put a technical hold on similar proposals at the UNSC thrice.
In the aftermath of the Pulwama terrorist attack, three permanent members of the Security Council, the US, France, and the UK, had moved a resolution to designate Azhar a glocal terrorist.
Except for China, which wields veto power in the Security Council, all other UNSC members were on board with the move before the al-Qaida (1267) Sanctions Committee.
India has expressed disappointment over China’s decision saying it will “pursue all available avenues” to bring to justice terrorist leaders involved in the attack on Indians.
“This is the fourth time that China has placed a hold on this listing. China should not prevent the Committee from doing the job the Security Council has entrusted it to do,” another Security Council diplomat stated.
"The case for designating Masood Azhar - the leader of a group the UN already calls an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization - is undeniable," the diplomats said.
The US and other members of the Security Council have supported India's call on a ban of Azhar. On Tuesday, the Trump administration had said that Azhar meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations and China's opposition to the move to "update" the designation list will be against the interests of Washington and Beijing in achieving regional stability and peace.
"Our views on Jaish-e-Mohammad and its founder are well known. JeM is a UN-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace," said US State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino.