BRUSSELS): The European Parliament (EP) would coordinate on efforts seeking for resolution of Kashmir dispute, the oldest unresolved dispute of the world, and would invite representatives of UN and OIC in its 2-day global discourse on Kashmir planned to be start from March 14, 2011 in Brussels.
Accepting this proposal from the visiting Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan here in a huge press conference Mr James Elles Member European Parliament (MEP) told the international media that Kashmir dispute ” has got to be resolved”.
The press conference was held in a committee room of the European Parliament addressed by the Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir, MEP Chris Davies, Directors Kashmir Centres Brussels and London Barisster Majid Tramboo and Prof Nazir Shawl.
Azad Kashmir Prime Minister in his address to the journalists had proposed a coordination of the European Union with UNO and OIC for the peaceful negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute.
Mr James Elles who is chairman of the All Parties Kashmir Group in the European parliament assured that soon an EP resolution on Kashmir would be tabled in the European parliament. He also agreed to revive the Parliamentary Steering Committee on Kashmir soon. Kashmir dispute is on the active agenda of the EP since 2003.
The AJK Premier told the media the history of Kashmir dispute and said that the OIC and the EP were fully convinced of the merit of the Kashmir issue. EP is the first elected world forum that brought this dispute to its regular review agenda. He asked the EP to fix a timeframe for the solution of this dispute, all parties to the dispute should be made to sit around one table of talks and there should be a hassle free discussion. The present movement in India held Kashmir is armless and peaceful, he added.
Both Chris Davies and James Elles strongly supported the self-determination right of the Kashmiris.
Later inaugurating the weeklong Exhibition held within the European parliament premises the AJK Prime Minister and other speakers including James Elles MEP Timothy Kirkhope extended their support to the cause of Kashmir. The exhibition depicted the water, environment and trade potential of Jammu and Kashmir. Books and pamphlets on Kashmir were kept in the show.
It was addressed also by several MEPS expressing shock over the loss of human l lives as a result of Indian occupation forces firings. Several MEPs including James Elles, Mr Timothy, Elmer Brok and many others also addressed. The Pakistan ambassador Mr Jalil Abbas Jilani was also present. The Prime Minister was taken round several display centres. He directed the SMBR to consider improving the lot of the common.-SANA