January 2008 News

Norwegian Christian Democratic Party Stresses Mediation On Kashmir

27 January 2008
Kashmir Watch

Oslo: Kashmir the Central Board of the Norwegian Christian Democratic Party has demanded his government to consider a Kashmir specific mediation role amid to solve the conflict amicable between India and Pakistan. Fakhar S Khan Secretary information of Kashmiri-Scandinavian-Council (KSC) is a statement has said that several prominent Kashmiri politicians, including Mirwaiz Omer Farooq chairman Hurriyat Conference (APHC-M) have been perusing Norway and civil society groups to take interest into the Kashmir conflict and act as a mediator. Because Norway had played very constructive role in Sri Lanka and some other conflict areas during last couple of decades. The Norwegian Christian Democratic Party demand came when Kashmir was gradually sliding into background says Mirwaiz Omer Farooq, while appreciating the demand said this must be taken very seriously and Norway ruling party should consider how to play its role to minimise the trust deficit between India, Pakistan and Kashmiri representatives. He also thanked the Norwegian Christian Democratic Party and particularly its chairman Mr.Dagfinn Høybråten. The party resolution says it is long known that both Pakistan and the Pakistani part of Kashmir have been interested in having a third party mediating in the conflict. The time has come to appeal also to India to consider the proposal for international mediation. Norway has a good relationship with both India and Pakistan. The Norwegian Government should, therefore, consider offering the two countries our services as a mediator, says the Central Board of the Christian Democratic Party. KSC has welcomed the demand and said that it will provide a way forward to obtain long desired Kashmiri's political rights. Executive director of KSC Sardar, Ali Shahnawaz Khan also appreciated the chairman of Christian Democratic Party's personal interest in Kashmir issue. He also appreciated the efforts made by Mr. Ola T Lånke who is the chairman of Norwegian parliamentary group on Kashmir and the vice president of the Norwegian Parliament. Mr Ali further said that both arch rivals and Kashmiri representative desperately needed honest broker and none of country matches Norway standing in this regard.

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