Kashmir moot calls for participation of resistance forces in peace process

Publish Date: Jul 23 2006 12:00PM
Washington, July 22: Proceedings of the sixth international Kashmir peace conference continued on the second day Friday in Washington, DC. The Kashmir roundtable was officially opened by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmir Center, Washington, DC and chaired and moderated by Ved Bhasin, Sareer Fazili and Dr Karen parker. In the beginning the position holders, Amit chakarvarty, Ghazala Akhil Paul and Hyder presented their respective essays. The title of the round was “Kashmir new hopes and aspirations.” Ved Bhasin said people of Jammu and Kashmir should be associated with the dialogue otherwise the dialogue will not be productive. Intra dialogue is also essential. Pervez Iqbal Cheema invoked the international community to make a realistic assessment and help in advancing the dialogue to a logical conclusion. Gautam Nauvlakha said that plurality of approaches needs to be adopted for empowering the people of J&K to guide their own destiny. Vice chairman all parties parliamentary group on Kashmir in British parliament Shahid Malik condemned the Mumbai blasts and pleaded for the continuation of the peace process so as to solve the long lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Robert G. Wirsing expert with Pentagon pleaded to link the Kashmir solution with the water resources present in Kashmir. Prof. Ashraf Saraf opined to make the dialogue tripartite. Amb. Yusuf Buch emphasized to adopt a creative approach to solve the problem. Yasin Malik, chairman JKLF passionately pleaded for a comprehensive approach towards the final solution of Kashmir dispute. He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir should have a central role in the ongoing peace process. Authentic and genuine Kashmiri leadership should be associated with it. The militant leadership should be made an integral component of peace process for a productive outcome. Prof Kamal Chenoy of Jawarhar Lal University was of the opinion that right of self-determination of Kashmiris should not be jeopardized in the search for solution. Barrister Tramboo said that Kashmir struggle is not terrorism. Prof. Nazir Shawl pleaded for bold initiatives to solve Kashmir dispute. There should be positive engagement between Indian, Pakistan and Kashmiri people. Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Director Kashmir American Council said that Kashmir is not a fundamentalist issue because Kashmir’s grand ethos and spiritual foundation does not permit it. He thanked all the participants for sharing their wisdom and expertise. Washington Declaration The 6th International Kashmir Peace Conference held under the auspices of the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers and the Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Centre in Washington DC, on July 20, 21, unanimously adopted the following declaration, herein known as “The Washington Declaration 2006.” This Conference condemns the Mumbai bombings and sympathizes with all the families who have suffered loss of life and injuries in this inhumane carnage. We urge an immediate and impartial inquiry into this crime. The Conference resolves that the people of Jammu and Kashmir and their genuine leadership should be central to the peace process. We reaffirm that only through democratically established procedures for ascertaining the will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir a sustainable and just settlement of the Kashmir dispute can be achieved. The Conference calls upon all parties to the dispute to work for a comprehensive cease-fire and bring every form of violence to an end to improve the environment for a constructive and progressive dialogue. The Conference rules out a status-quo outcome and the conversion of the cease-fire line as a permanent international border. The conference fully supports all rights of minorities in Jammu and Kashmir and in particular urges full return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandit community and other migrants. The Conference holds that to create sustainable peace, it is imperative to include all parties to the dispute, including the armed groups, to facilitate a just settlement of the Kashmir dispute. The Conference condemns continued violations of human rights, including crimes against women and children and its exploitation for political purposes. We urge all parties to abide by the Geneva Conventions and international human rights law. Civil society organizations should strive to raise the international profile of the Kashmir dispute to facilitate the conditions for a sustainable peace. The conference fully supports the participation of the indigenous Kashmir resistance forces in the ongoing peace process. The Conference urges both the Governments of India and Pakistan to allow Association of Humanitarian Lawyers & Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center to hold future conferences in New Delhi, Islamabad, Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.
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