Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Kashmir.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UK officials in Islamabad and Delhi regularly discuss the situation in Kashmir with both governments. The long standing position of the UK is 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. We encourage India and Pakistan to take further steps to strengthen their relationship, but recognise that the pace and scope of this is for them to determine.

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