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Kashmir

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Indian Government on the appointment of interlocutors for the engagement of stakeholders in Indian-administered Kashmir; and if he will make a statement.

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

We are closely following the work of the three interlocutors appointed by Prime Minister Singh to help resolve the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir. However, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has not had discussions with the Government of India on their appointment. We are aware from the media that the interlocutors submitted their final report to the Indian Home Minister on 12 October but their recommendations have not yet been made public. It is for the Government of India to decide how to respond to the interlocutors' findings.

Officials in our high commissions in Islamabad and New Delhi regularly discuss the situation in Kashmir with their counterparts in India and Pakistan and with contacts in Indian and Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The long-standing position of the UK is well known—that it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting resolution to the situation in Kashmir, one which takes into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people. It is not for the UK to prescribe a solution or to mediate in finding one.

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