Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 13th 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 discussions he has had with his overseas counterparts about the recent shelling of the line of control in Kashmir; and what reports he has received of casualties and human rights abuses in that area.

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, including incidents on the line of control and concerns about human rights abuses. We encourage India and Pakistan to take further steps to strengthen their relationship, but recognise that a solution to the Kashmir dispute is something that both sides will need to develop.

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.

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