Please keep the UN away; they make a muck-up of everything. Get the big boys around the table - Pakistan, India and the Western Allies. Let them work out an agreement as to how to stop the escalating situation first, and then work their way to a referendum later.
As an Indian, I'm disgusted by these (almost always Hindu) Indian comments that say Kashmir is a part of India. They're the same people who say that Pakistan should be a part of India too, because they never recognised partition in the first place.
To these people - you cannot ignore history and reality because it will always come back to haunt you and your arrogance will always be an obstacle to peace.
The UN could play a very constructive role here as an honest broker, particularly in this climate of mistrust between India and Pakistan. UN resolutions on Kashmir should be implemented as not doing so will only encourage other countries to occupy territory by force.
Kashmir is no more a part of India as Kuwait was a part of Iraq or East Timor an integral part of Indonesia. UN resolutions are UN resolutions and no country should be exempt from international law.
When did UN start involving itself in a country's internal affairs. Kashmir is an integral part of India - the myriad elections and the functioning of democracy shows that. The disruption to the way of life is due to terrorists from Pakistan. What UN needs to do is be more forceful in enforcing countries to not sponsor terrorists. It is time UN decides if "It is with the terrorists or against the terrorists" instead of poking its nose when it is none of its business
It is evident to the world that neither India nor Pakistan is genuinely interested in the welfare of the Kashmiri people.
The policies of "Muscle Flexing" by India and "Terrorist Promotion" by Pakistan are only going to aggravate the long standing Kashmir problem. From the manner in which the events have unfolded in the last 20 years or so, it is evident to the world that neither India nor Pakistan is genuinely interested in the welfare of the Kashmiri people. India and Pakistan use Kashmir as a battleground to promote more hatred and distract the population of both the nations from other serious issues like economic welfare, education, unemployment, etc.
It is time for both India and Pakistan to stop enforcing their own national agenda on the Kashmiri people and realise that a solution to the Kashmir problem can be found only if the will of the Kashmiri people is ascertained. This can only be achieved through a plebiscite held under the watchful eyes of a neutral observer like the United Nations, United States or the United Kingdom.
I think the best solution would be that the UN should assume the administrative control of Kashmir for a limited period. During this period both the Indian Army and the Pakistani Mujahidin should be sent home and Kashmiri people should be given a right to choose what they want to do. Kashmir is an undoubtedly disputed territory and whoever says that it is an integral part of India lives in fools paradise.
The people of Kashmir should be given the right to determine their fate under a UN guided referendum. If India is so certain that Kashmiris are happy being a part of India then they shouldn't be afraid of such a referendum. Likewise for Pakistan. Yes, the UN should intervene but in a forceful manner that gets results and doesn't make it even more complicated. If Britons had done their job right in 1947 this situation wouldn't have happened in the first place.
The whole Kashmir problem arose because of a wrong decision by the UN.
Kashmir, Its a integral part of India. Kashmir is not a disputed land, This is Pakistan who is trying to promote it as a disputed land. In 1947 when India was freed from Britain, a resolution was passed in the assembly of Britain which clearly says that Supremes of States can decide whom to join - India or Pakistan. In 1948, the Supreme of Kashmir decided to go with India. So how come this can be a disputed land? As far as UN is concerned. I think they should stay away or they should correct their mistake made in 1948 by dividing this Kashmir into two parts. The whole Kashmir problem arose because of a wrong decision by the UN. So, UN should stay away.
Since none of the two countries wants to back down from their claims, I would like to see an all out war between them. The country that wins, gets the whole of Kashmir. The problem will be solved once and for all. UN or any other countries in the world should not interfere with these peoples with nationalistic zeal. Let them fight and get what they can and see who is the last man standing.
Kashmir is not a commodity. Kashmir is the land of the Kashmiri people whose will and rights should be considered. Both the Indian and Pakistan government are providing very bad governance to their own citizens. Corruption and favouritism are normal procedures in the corridors of government. Both countries waste resources on defence and nuclear projects. Under these circumstances, the Kashmiris should opt to be an independent nation.
The United Nations should of course work as the main vehicle for providing the right of living freely to Kashmiri people while keeping friendly relations with both countries.
It should ask India and Pakistan to remove all forces from the state of Kashmir. The UN should then bring multinational forces to arrange elections.
I think this is the only solution for all south Asian countries to live in peace
Yousuf ali Hashmi,
As the world is becoming a global village, there is less and less need for the new countries to emerge. The role of UN is being changed to a large extent, and as it can be clearly seen the UN has less and less role to play in the world disputes and conflicts. More involvement of UN can only complicate the matters, as UN is seen as a toothless tiger.
This has created more problems than it has solved
Rahul Ahuja, UK/ India
The United Nations should stay away from this problem. The last time they got involved (1947) half measures and misguided policies led to the situation worsening rather than improving. The UN "Line of Control" has never been administered by the organisation and has become the de facto border of India and Pakistan in Kashmir. This has created more problems than it has solved.
One part of Kashmir is with Pakistan and the other part is with India. Those who want to stay in Pakistan administered Kashmir, let them go there. India's Muslim population is 140 million, which is more than the total population of Pakistan.
Pakistan and India should not interfere in the internal matters of each other.
I think in order to reassert its relevance in the 21st Century, the UN should play a more proactive role in world affairs, i.e. they should stop situations, especially this one, before they become conflicts.
As the Indian Government has stated time and again, the status of Jammu and Kashmir is non-negotiable. It is an integral part of India and will continue to be.
The involvement of the UN should only be limited to stopping cross border terrorism. If it is controlled the Kashmiri issue will disappear in no time.
Kashmir should become an independent entity
I believe that the disputed territory of Kashmir should become an independent entity, thus insuring that neither India nor Pakistan could claim that it belonged to them.
The United Nations is expected to play a constructive role in easing the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan.
The organisation should make Pakistan stop sponsoring terrorism and harbouring those who have been involving themselves in various terrorist attacks in the Indian-administered Kashmir and the rest of India. The United Nations should also make India become more democratic as it is essential to get the views of Kashmiris whether they want to be part of India or Pakistan or to have a separate state.
Indian in Rwanda
Kashmir is an integral part of India now and it will continue that way in the future. Regarding UN intervention, I think this will make the issue more complicated.