This day in 1949: When the United Nations appointed Plebiscite Administrator for organising and conducting the plebiscite and for ensuring the freedom and impartiality of the plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir

This day in 1949 in the United Nations

“The question of the accession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir to India or Pakistan will be decided through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite;

A plebiscite will be held when it shall be found by the Commission that the cease-fire and truce
arrangements set forth in Parts I and II of the Commission’s resolution of 13 August 1948, have been carried out and arrangements for the plebiscite have been completed;

The Secretary-General of the United Nations will, in agreement with the Commission, nominate a Plebiscite Administrator who shall be a personality of high international standing and commanding general confidence. He will be formally appointed to office by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Plebiscite Administrator shall derive from the State of Jammu and Kashmir the powers he considers necessary for organising and conducting the plebiscite and for ensuring the freedom and impartiality of the plebiscite.

The Plebiscite Administrator shall have authority to appoint such staff or assistants and observers as he may require.

All civil and military authorities within the State and the principal political elements of the State will be required to co-operate with the Plebiscite Administrator in the preparation for and the holding of the plebiscite.

All citizens of the State who have left it on account of the disturbances will be invited and be free to return and to exercise all their rights as such citizens. For the purpose of facilitating
repatriation there shall be appointed two Commissions, one composed of nominees of India and the other of nominees of Pakistan”.
(Highlights of the resolution passed by the Security Council on Kashmir on January 5, 1949)

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