NEW DELHI - Despite India's objections to the UN observer mission at the Line of Control - UNMOGIP - visiting UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous believes it must stay. Speaking to an Indian newspaper, The Hindu, , UN Undersecretary-General Mr. Ladsous said the troops of UNMOGIP, who have been stationed in Jammu and Kashmir for the past 65 years, are carrying out an important role.
"I think their very presence on that Line, to a certain degree, contributes to confidence. So one should never lose that from your sight," he said. India has insisted that the UNMOGIP has "outlived its utility" and has virtually ignored its mission. In May this year, the government went one step further, sending a notice to the UNMOGIP asking the group to vacate its officially-allotted bungalow in Delhi.