May 2007 News

Early Day Motions On Kashmir Moved In British Parliament

28 May 2007
Associated Press of Pakistan

London: A British Parliament Labour MP has moved two Early Day Motions (EDMs) for discussion on Kashmir and India in relations to report on South Asia by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee earlier this month. The EDMs have been moved by the Birmingham MP Roger Godsiff, a former Chairman of All Parties Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir. In a statement, he has welcomed growing ties between Pakistan and India but has disagreed with the part of the report dealing with Kashmir. He said a lasting settlement of the Kashmir issue can only be achieved in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir. The EDM has suggested both Pakistan and India to ascertain views of the people of Kashmir living on either sides of Line of Control and to involve the Kashmiri leadership in any discussion on the issue. The second EDM has asked the Parliament to note the recent report of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and its support for India to have a seat on the United Nations Security Council as part of a wider enlargement. The EDM has urged the British Government not to support India on its bid for a seat in the Security Council as long as the Kashmir issue was not solved according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir and adherence to various UN resolutions relating to the disputed territory. The EDM has been signed by MPs Roger Godsiff, Peter Bottomley, Khalid Mahmood and George Galloway, Lynne Jones and Janet Dean.


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