European moot for troop reduction in Kashmir
6 October 2005
The Daily Times
Brussels: The European Parliament's two-day 'Global Discourse on Kashmir' concluded today after the adoption of a declaration focussing on UN Security Council resolutions upholding the right to self- determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.Leaders and intellectuals from both sides of the Line of Control along with members of the European Parliament attended the conference. The two- day moot welcomed the recent confidence building measures undertaken by Pakistan and India, according to the Kashmir Media Service.The Global Discourse on Kashmir in its declaration demanded1. The European Parliament's committee on foreign affairs, human rights, common security and defence policy implement the recommendations of the ad hoc delegation of the European Parliament to Kashmir and to undertake an 'Own-Initiative report on Kashmir.'2. The European Council constitute a 'Three-Country Interest Group on Kashmir' and the British presidency is urged to undertake necessary steps in this direction.3. The European Commission organise meetings of experts and academics on conflict resolution for the Kashmir dispute in Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.4. The Steering Committee to continue in its endeavours to convince Islamabad to hold consultative meetings in New Delhi, Srinagar, and Muzaffarabad.5. The European Parliament's resolution on the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir, passed in April 2005, is unequivocally endorsed.6. In order to boost the current peace initiative, the Indian government should commence a substantial reduction of its military and paramilitary forces from the territory of Jammu and Kashmir.7. To promote a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the Kashmir dispute, it is imperative to involve the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the Kashmir-related negotiations. 8. Free access of persons and goods across the LOC of Jammu and Kashmir is endorsed.Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, the Chairman of the Pakistan Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee, Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan, President of Azad Kashmir and Tajammul-ul- Islam, the Chief Editor of the Kashmir Media Service were among the participants of the two-day conference. Indian journalist Kuldeep Nayyar, Nazir Ahmad Ronga of the occupied Kashmir Bar Association and representatives of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Party, Narendar Singh Khalsa and Anwar Ashai also spoke at the conference.