The European Union has urged India and Pakistan to engage in a direct dialogue with a view to a peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute in full respect of the international human rights obligations.
Opening the debate on behalf of the High Representative of European Union for Foreign Affairs and Vice President of European Commission Ms. Federica Mogherini, EU Minister Ms Tytti Tuppurainen said that no one could afford another escalation in Kashmir.
She urged India and Pakistan to seek a peaceful and political solution, respectful of interest of Kashmiri population on both sides of the Line of Control. She said this is the only way to solve the long-lasting dispute to avoid instability and insecurity in the region.
The EU Minister underlined the importance of avoiding further escalation, saying our position on Kashmir remains unchanged. She said freedom of movement and means of communication should be fully restored as well as access to all essential services.
Winding up the debate, Ms. Tytti Tuppurainen said that EU will continue to monitor closely the situation with focus on de-escalation of situation involving two nuclear powers.
For the first time since 2008, The European Parliament took Kashmir issue and expressed concerns on grave human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir, today (Sep 17).
The European Union’s (EU) high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini, is scheduled to deliver a detailed policy statement on the Kashmir situation during the EP General Assembly to be held in the French city of Strasbourg on September 17.
Normal life continued to remain paralysed as the unprecedented lockdown entered its 44th day in Occupied Kashmir today. Communication services like mobile, internet and TV channels are closed in the entire Kashmir valley and in some parts of Jammu region.
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27 September, 2019