February 2005 News

UK playing role in settling Kashmir: Straw

25 February 2005
The Daily Times

Blackburn: Jack Straw, British foreign secretary, has said that the British government is playing a pivotal role in resolving the Kashmir issue. 'The UK is playing a role in the success of Pakistan-India peace process,' Straw said at a meeting with Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, Azad Jammu and Kashmir former prime minister and opposition leader in the AJK legislative assembly, on Friday. He said Britain wanted peace in South Asia therefore it was committed to reducing tension in the region. 'The Britain will leave no stone unturned for resolving the Kashmir issue after getting the European Union membership in July,' he added. The British foreign secretary recollected that Britain played a crucial role in desisting Pakistan and India from going to war with each other two years ago. He said the UK was in favour of Germany, Japan and other countries' membership in the United Nation Security Council (UNSC). Britain is also backing the admission of one Asian country in the UNSC, he added. Barrister Sultan informed the British secretary that the Kashmiris did not want India to get a seat in the UNSC, as it was involved in human rights violations in Held Kashmir. He said on the one hand India was ignoring UN resolutions on Kashmir and on the other it was insisting on UNSC membership. Barrister Sultan said India must assure the participation of Kashmiris in talks for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. online


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