April 1999 News


KAC calls for intra Kashmiri dialogue

9th April 1999
Kashmir American Council

Srinagar: Kashmiri American Council (KAC), a Washington based organisation has urged the world leaders to take a serious note of the happenings in Kashmir which it said was fat turning into another Kosovo. "There seems to be a similarity in what is happening in Kashmir and Kosovo", a statement issued by Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, executive director of the council said.

The statement faxed to The Kashmir Monitor, said that barbaric situation in Bosnia and Kosovo has outraged the world and caused regrets that the enormous toll of human lives was not averted by timely action at an earlier stage. However, in another part of the globe - the Kashmir - atrocities of a similar pattern have been, and are being, perpetrated with no fear of a corrective international response. To date, no one power or combination of powers has blown the whistle, at whatever is taking place in Kashmir, surrounded by Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, India and with a narrow Wakhan stripe with Tajikistan and Krgystan.

Kashmir, Fai said had an area of 86,000 square miles, more than three times the size of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg combined and is larger than 87sovereign countries. It has a population of 13 million and is bigger than 114independent member states of the United Nations. When the dispute of Kashmir was first brought to the United Nations, the Security Council, with the firm backing of the United States, urged that the people of Kashmir will have right of self- determination to decide the future status of their homeland. At that time, the Soviet Union did not dissent from it. Later, because of the cold war, the Soviet Union blocked every resolution of the Council calling for implementation of the settlement plan.

Since 1990, he said, Kashmir has been witnessing a naked dance of unabated death and destruction leading to more than 60,000 deaths. The intervention of the international community was needed to bring the genocide in Kashmir to a quick end and for this purpose initiation of a political dialogue between the Kashmiri leadership and the Governments of India and Pakistan will set the stage for a democratic and peaceful solution.

Fai said that there was an urgent need to make it clear to the U.S. Administration that it was implausible to believe that India and Pakistan will either cap or renounce their respective nuclear genies after they have escaped the South Asian bottle unless the chief source of antagonism between the two -- Kashmir -- is resolved.

He called upon the United States to assume the position as a leader and take an active role in finding a lasting settlement on Kashmir. It was obvious that no settlement can last if it is not based on justice for the people of Kashmir and recognition of their inherent rights.

The Governments of India and Pakistan, he said, should also include the Kashmiri leadership with the peace process; and should a stalemate arise, both countries should be willing to invite or accept the mediation by an impartial and neutral international agency. As Northern Ireland required the participation of Sinn Fein in negotiations to succeed, Kashmir is no different, Fai added.

He demanded appointment of a UN or US sponsored Special Envoy on Kashmir asnd also called for initiation of an intra-Kashmiri dialogue at a location outside South Asia with the participation of the leadership of the Huriyat Conference, the Kashmiri Pandits, the Dogras, the Buddhists and the prominent political parties of Pakistan Administered Kashmir. The Indian government, he said should be persuaded to issue travel documents to the Huriyat leaders for taking part in such a conference.

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