The Swedish king Carl Gustaf during his five-day visit to India, spoke up for Indian Occupied Kashmir and said that his country has been having “observers” in Jammu & Kashmir for many years.
The king’s remarks came in response to media questions whether Sweden would meiate a solution to the situation that has set off tensions between India and Pakistan. The comments followed observations by Sweden’s foreign ministry on the eve of his visit, calling for the lifting of curfew in the state and the restoration of communications.
“We can say we have people from Sweden, trying to (be) as observers in these areas in Kashmir for many years. In that sense, we are trying to be an observer if possible,” King Gustaf told a select group of journalists, implying that he would want to widen the lens to look at the situation within if India permitted.
Asked if any offer for mediation by Sweden to resolve the Kashmir dispute was discussed when he met the Indian leadership in Delhi, he declined to answer, citing a policy of not commenting on political issues.
“We emphasise the importance of respect for human rights, that an escalation of the situation in Kashmir is avoided and that a long-term political solution to the situation must involve Kashmir’s inhabitants,” Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde told the Riksdag or the Swedish parliament last week. “Dialogue between India and Pakistan is crucial.”
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17 November, 2019