Boris said that the UK’s long-standing stance of Kashmir being a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan remains unchanged although the situation in the Valley is of “profound” concern to the country
Prime Minister Boris Johnson rules out mediation in the Kashmir imbroglio and reiterates UK’s stance of Kashmir remains unchanged.
He was replying to a question raised by Conservative MP Steve Baker during the last Prime Minister’s Questions session before Parliament is dissolved this week ahead of the December 12 general elections.
Boris said that the UK’s long-standing stance of Kashmir being a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan remains unchanged although the situation in the Valley is of “profound” concern to the country.
“The welfare of communities in Kashmir is of profound concern to the UK government,” he told MPs in the House of Commons. “It is the long-standing position of the UK government that the crisis in Kashmir is fundamentally a matter for India and Pakistan to resolve. And it is not – alas, since we were there at the very beginning – it is not for us as the UK to prescribe a solution in that dispute,” Johnson said.
The UK has maintained that it supports a bilateral resolution between India and Pakistan as recognised in the UN Security Council resolutions and the Shimla Agreement.
Baker, MP for Wycombe in south-east England said: “Thousands of British people in Wycombe have family and friends on one or both sides of the Line of Control in Kashmir. With so many serious allegations of human rights abuses being made, does the government accept that this is not merely some foreign policy issue to be dealt with by others, but that it is an issue of the most and profound concern in Wycombe and in towns across the UK?”