Kashmir world’s most militarized zone, a dangerous conflict: MEPs joint letter to EU Commission

Brussels: Kashmir is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most militarized zones in the world and a tremendously dangerous conflict flashpoint, fifteen members of the European parliament here stated in a joint letter to the President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen and the Vice President of the European Commission/High Representative Josep Borrell.The joint statement has also pointed out the Government of India is avoiding to approach the Kashmir armed struggle with the political approach rather than dealing with exclusively military means.

This initiative came about through consultation among various MEPs in which President ofAll Parties Group on Kashmir – European Parliament (APGK) Prof Klaus Buchner and MEP Carles Puigedemont got involved! Sources told Kashmir Watch that the initiative was started by Carles Puigedemont with Massimo involving Buchner and others.

APGK was established after the consultations with its partner Kashmir lobbying group Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) in February 2020.

The joint statement highlights, “there are cases where it feels like we are not doing everything we can: this is the case of Kashmir, probably the world’s longest-running conflict. Kashmir is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most militarized zones in the world and a tremendously dangerous conflict flashpoint.”

Warning about the growing Hindu nationalism the joint statement says, “It is extremely regrettable that a country like India, that made so many steps towards a more inclusive and democratic society, has been inverting this trend under the impact of an ever-increasing Hindu nationalist grip on society and politics.”

The joint statement informed the European Commission president about the Indian attitude towards avoiding political approach to deal with the Kashmir crisis and said, “In recent years, it appears more evident that India has abandoned any political approach to the insurgency in Kashmir and is managing the crisis with almost exclusively military means.”

Fifteen undersigned MEPs also called upon the European Commission both President and Vice President/HR, on behalf of the European Union, to express their concerns with the Indian Government on these issues and to call on India to fulfil its international legal obligations by responding and adopting the recommendations in the UNHRC reports of 2018 and 2019 (on Kashmir).

Meanwhile, AJK President, Sardar Masood Khan while welcoming this move has described it an important development on the international level and observed that in spite of the most difficult circumstances, the voices in support of the Kashmiri people are constantly rising around the globe.

“The concern of the fifteen Members of European Parliament (MEPs) over the serious human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir is appreciable and we welcome their letter to European Commission’s President and Vice President,” Khan commented

Joint statement signatory MEPs:

Fabio Massimo CASTALDO MEP (NI)
Bettina VOLLATH MEP (S&D)
Helmut SCHOLZ MEP (GUE/NGL)
Maria ARENA MEP (S&D)
Daniela RONDINELLI MEP (NI)
Javier NART MEP (RENEW)
Carles PUIGDEMONT I CASAMAJÓ MEP (NI)
Antoni COMIN I OLIVERES MEP (NI)
Clara PONSATÍ OBIOLS MEP (NI)
Alviina ALAMETSÄ MEP (GREENS/EFA)
Ernest URTASUN MEP (GREENS/EFA)
Klaus BUCHNER MEP (GREENS/EFA)
Mick WALLACE MEP (GUE/NGL)
Rosa D’AMATO MEP (NI)
Manuel BOMPARD MEP (GUE/NGL)

PDF format: Letter MEPs-Situation in Jammu Kashmir