EU diplomats visit Neelum Valley
1 June 2004
Our Staff Correspondent
MUZAFFARABAD: Islamabad-based envoys from nine European Union states arrived here and left for Neelum valley on Monday to review some European Commission-funded projects there. The visit organized by the delegation of the European Commission in Pakistan is led by Mr Ilkka Uusitalo. The team would also meet government officials and discuss with them future development needs of the area, it is learnt. However, the meetings with government officials could not be finalized in view of a strike called by almost all political, social and trade union leaders of Muzaffarabad for June 2, against the delay in the establishment of a medical college in Muzaffarabad. A source told Dawn that the government had asked the envoys to defer their visit for some appropriate time for fear of their security. But the team decided to go by their schedule and visit the European Commission-funded Kashmir Community Water and Sanitation Programme in the valley. The project is being executed by a UK-based charity, Islamic Relief. Before leaving for the valley, the envoys met the United Nations Military Observers at their headquarters and discussed different issues, including situation along the Line of Control, with them. Islamic Relief coordination officer Qasim Janjua told this reporter that the envoys would be briefed about the progress on the project and taken to the project sites in Athmuqam and Sharda on Tuesday.