EU Terms Kashmir As A Bilateral Issued Between India, Pak
5 September 2003
The Pakistan Tribune
Srinagar: Asserting that Kashmir was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, European Union says it had no doubt about the sincerity and goodwill in the offer of friendship to Pakistan made by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on April 18 here. 'I do not doubt the sincerity and the goodwill in Prime Minister Vajpayee's offer of friendship to Pakistan which he made during his last visit to Kashmir on April 18,' head of a troika delegation of European Union, Benedetto Amari told reporters here after meeting a cross-section of political leaders in the state. Amari said EU had no intention of mediating between India and Pakistan as we think Kashmir is a bilateral issue between the two countries with international repercussions. EU considers that Kashmir is a question between Islamabad and New Delhi which they should resolve through a peaceful dialogue. He said we would like to see all the forms of bloodshed come to an end as it has caused huge loss of human life. The EU delegation held series of talks with leaders here including Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, National Conference president Omar Abdullah and Separatist Hurriyat Conference. The delegation also dashed to Jammu to visit the camps of migrant Kashmiri pandits. It was important to make a sympathetic gesture to the pandits who have suffered a lot during the past many years of violence in the state, Amari said.