Sultan urges EU to ensure Kashmiris inclusion in talks

18 March 2008
The News International

ISLAMABAD: AJK People's Muslim League President and former AJK prime minister Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry said on Tuesday the dialogue process between Pakistan and India for resolving the Kashmir issue could not be successful unless the Kashmiri representatives were included in the talks. Talking to the Acting Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Pakistan, Tomas Nklasson, at his residence here, Sultan urged the EU to use its influence for the participation of the Kashmiri representatives in the dialogue process. 'The Kashmiri representatives should be included in the new round of talks between the two neighbours, especially after the establishment of the new government in Pakistan,' he said. Sultan said the EU was making efforts for the resolution of important issues and conflicts across the globe. 'The Kashmir question, one of the issues pending on the UN agenda for the last 60 years, should be resolved to enhance the image of the world body,' he added. He said there should be progress on the Kashmir issue. He termed the passage of the Emma Nicholson report by the European Parliament a positive step. However, expressing his reservations over the report, he said the report could have been improved reflecting the point of view of the Kashmiri people in an effective manner. But the passage of the report was a landmark event as it was the first occasion that it was approved by a big forum after the UN, he added.