CHANDIGARH: “European Union is keenly watching the developments in Jammu and Kashmir as it is desirous to help finding a peaceful solution to Kashmir problem. We’re ready to provide all kinds of assistance for an amicable solution but we don’t want to interfere at this critical juncture. At present we would remain neutral and help resolving the issue.” This was maintained by European Union (EU) ambassador to India Daniel Samza. She was here in connection with an awareness seminar organised by European Union for Indian media.
Talking to KTNS, Daniel told that every year EU delegation visits J&K state and interacts with a cross section of people including government officials. Daniel maintained that given the turbulent situation in J&K where the assembly elections are due in October this year, EU delegation did not visit the state so far. “But after October I along with other colleagues would definitely visit J&K and extend solidarity with the people,” she stated. She maintained, “EU has included India in its trade preferential list given its status of emerging superpower and we need to work together for social progress.”
On the question of EU opinion about permanent seat for India in United Nations, she averred that India was emerging as an economic power and EU was not against its permanent membership. The seminar was organized to acquaint Indian media with the functioning and activities of EU in India.
Earlier participating in the seminar, Prof Purshottam Bhattacharya of Jadhavpur University, Kolkata pointed towards the grievance of European people that majority of the decisions of EU are taken in closed door meetings and these don’t constitute people’s participation. Responding to it, Daniel asserted that EU has realised the importance of people’s participation in such decisions.-SANA