March 2007 News

Nicholson presents 16 compromise amendments

5 March 2007
The News International

Islamabad: The author of the Draft Report on Kashmir prepared for the Foreign Affairs Committee of European Union, Baroness Emma Nicholson, has presented 16 compromise amendments to the document. Speaking at a news conference at the Carlton House in Central London on Monday, she said the compromise amendments had been prepared with the help of shadow rapporteurs, representing various British parties in the European Parliament. She said: These 16 amendments will be put to vote on March 21 and, if approved, the revised draft report will be placed before the plenary committee for further debate, while the voting in the plenary will take place towards the end of May. According to Baroness Nicholson, the EU has not been invited to mediate on Kashmir issue but the EU and the European Parliament are clearly interested in all matters affecting the sub-continent not least because of the growing importance of the region and the fact that Pakistan and India are both nuclear powers. The Baroness said the EU has good relations with India and Pakistan. She mentioned that Pakistan has become a key ally of the West, post 9-11, in the fight against terrorism. She said the current Afghanistan-Pakistan border issue is also relevant given the involvement of the EU members States in Afghanistan. The EU is also involved with the two countries through the co-operation agreements it has signed with them, she added. The Baroness said the EU is keen to see further India-Pakistan rapprochement over Kashmir, adding that the issue is regularly raised in the political dialogues between the two countries and the EU strongly supports regional integration, trade liberalisation and economic co-operation. She stated that she visited both sides of the Line of Control in course of preparing the draft report and had the opportunity to consult very extensively with politicians at every level, civil society, academics, businessmen, human rights commissions, diplomats and the military. The author of the Draft Report on Kashmir prepared for the Foreign Affairs Committee of European Union, Baroness Emma Nicholson, has presented 16 compromise amendments to the document. Speaking at a news conference at the Carlton House in Central London on Monday, she said the compromise amendments had been prepared with the help of shadow rapporteurs, representing various British parties in the European Parliament. She said These 16 amendments will be put to vote on March 21 and, if approved, the revised draft report will be placed before the plenary committee for further debate, while the voting in the plenary will take place towards the end of May. According to Baroness Nicholson, the EU has not been invited to mediate on Kashmir issue but the EU and the European Parliament are clearly interested in all matters affecting the sub-continent not least because of the growing importance of the region and the fact that Pakistan and India are both nuclear powers. The Baroness said the EU has good relations with India and Pakistan. She mentioned that Pakistan has become a key ally of the West, post 9-11, in the fight against terrorism. She said the current Afghanistan-Pakistan border issue is also relevant given the involvement of the EU members States in Afghanistan. The EU is also involved with the two countries through the co-operation agreements it has signed with them, she added. The Baroness said the EU is keen to see further India-Pakistan rapprochement over Kashmir, adding that the issue is regularly raised in the political dialogues between the two countries and the EU strongly supports regional integration, trade liberalisation and economic co-operation. She stated that she visited both sides of the Line of Control in course of preparing the draft report and had the opportunity to consult very extensively with politicians at every level, civil society, academics, businessmen, human rights commissions, diplomats and the military.

 

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