5th Global Discourse on Kashmir concludes
ABDUL LATIF BHAT
Brussels, May 5: The 5th Global Discourse on Kashmir (GDK) in the European Parliament, organized jointly by the JKLF (R) chief patron and Executive Director Kashmir centre, Brussels, Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo and the Chairman of All Party Group for Kashmir in the European Parliament, James Elles, MEP, and hosted by Jean Lambert MEP, concluded on Wednesday.
The conclusions of the Discourse included: “There must be a dialogue which involves the main protagonists, including Kashmiris, India, and Pakistan. Kashmir Valley must be demilitarized in order to make substantive progress. International organizations such as the EU and the OIC have an important role to play in formulating a solution, and there is a need to create great awareness within the international community.”
“The international community should encourage dialogue by means of encouraging the government of India to actively engage in the pursuit of a resolution to the current situation. This should be facilitated by the European Union–by Europeanizing the issue – and by the OIC. The promotion of trade between all parties will be seen as a means of building confidence whilst increasing prosperity of all concerned parties and those with international and regional ties; that it is important to emphasize the human rights aspect of the Kashmir conflict in the EU; and that progress should be made on the European Parliament urgent resolution on mass graves in Kashmir. This should be pursued at the European Level; that political prisoners held under laws that are contrary to international human rights norms should be released and those laws should be repealed,” the conclusions added.
Politicians, parliamentarians, journalists, civil society members, diplomats and experts from across the globe including members of the European Parliament, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and South Asian delegations participated in the 2-day discourse.
OIC’s special representative on Kashmir, Ambassador Abdullah Alim, Tijis Berman, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, former Information Minister of Pakistan Sherry Rehman, member of the parliamentary committee, Jaen Lambert, Chairman, South Asian delegation, Josef Janning, Director of Studies, European Policy Center, Dr Dennis Mac Shane MP (UK) and Executive Director of Kashmir Centre London, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl discussed during a session “Situation in Kashmir – European Appreciation.”
Ivo Vagjl, MEP Committee on Foreign Affairs, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Chairman, Parliamentary Kashmir Committee, Dr Udit Raj, Indian Justice Party and Nasim Zehra, Director Current Affairs Duniya TV, also participated in a session-- Situation in Kashmir- Regional Appreciation.
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