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Kashmir

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Craig Whittaker Craig Whittaker Conservative, Calder Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2010, Official Report, column 554W, on Kashmir, for what reasons his policy is that is not for the UK to mediate in seeking a lasting resolution to the situation in Kashmir.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We recognise the importance of finding a lasting solution to the situation in Kashmir but it is not for the UK to prescribe a solution nor to mediate in finding one. This has been the policy of successive British Governments and the history of the issue suggests it must be for India and Pakistan to resolve, taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people without any mediation by the UK.

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