January 2007 News

EU Asks India To Settle Kashmir

6 January 2007
The Nation

New Delhi: The European Union has asked India to resolve the Kashmir issue in order to save the South Asian region from a nuclear threat and ensure participation of Kashmiris in talks to settle this decades-old dispute. This assurance was given to APHC leaders, led by Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat, who met EU delegation in New Delhi.. The APHC leaders told the EU delegation that the recent report on Kashmir by Baroness Emma Nicholson was biased by all standards of evaluation as it was not based on facts. The delegation assured them that they will look into it. The two-member EU delegation was led by the Chairman of European Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, Human Rights and Defence, Elmar Brok, which is on its visit to India after concluding its tour to Pakistan. The second member of the EU delegation is MP James Elles. The APHC leaders apprised the EU delegation of the fact that Emma Nicholson, during her visit to Occupied Kashmir, met the pro-India leaders alone and evaded to meet APHC leaders. Meanwhile, in a statement in New Delhi, APHC spokesman said that the world community, including European Union, should adopt a realistic approach vis-a-vis a durable resolution of Kashmir dispute to bring about peace, prosperity and progress in South Asia. Monitoring Desk adds: A Kashmiri leader put forward a peace plan on Saturday to unify the disputed territory, reports Indian media. Sajad Gani Lone, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference, proposed that unified Kashmir be administered by its people, while the region's defence could be the joint responsibility of Kashmiri, Indian and Pakistani authorities. Lone said 'Achievable Nationhood' - a 266-page document - was the first of its kind to be presented by a Kashmiri. Among other things, the document envisages unhindered, tax-free movement of goods between the two Kashmirs. 'Achievable Nationhood achieves unification of two parts of Jammu and Kashmir,' Lone told a news conference in Srinagar. 'Achievable Nationhood propounds the creation of a single Jammu and Kashmir Economic Union which would result in a boundary-less and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir,' he said.


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