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Liz Lynne continues to strive for a peaceful resolution in Kashmir

January 23, 2007 12:00 AM

Liz with Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, the Prime Minister of Kashmir during their meeting in Brussels.Liz Lynne MEP, long time campaigner for a peaceful resolution in Kashmir and President of the Liberal Democrat Friends of Kashmir, has today met with the Kashmiri Prime Minister to stress the need for a long, just and lasting settlement.

A territory claimed by both Pakistan and India, Kashmir is a site of continuous tension and extensive human rights violations. Liz has been very vocal about this issue, pushing for a long-term solution to the dispute that takes into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Commenting after her meeting with the Prime Minister, Liz said:

"It is right that we in Europe should be encouraging India and Pakistan to talk but the only way that we can achieve a just and lasting solution is by allowing the Kashmiri people to be at the forefront of the process. After all, it is their political aspirations and human rights that we must highlight and protect.

"This is not a party-political issue; this is a fundamental human rights issue. Self determination is a broad concept, but is an absolute right, enshrined by the United Nations, and the European Union must respect and protect the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people."

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Notes to Editors:

Liz Lynne was author of the Liberal Democrat motion calling for the international community to work for a peace settlement in Kashmir, which was adopted by federal party conference in 2004.

Liz Lynne is Member of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights, President of the Liberal Democrats 'Friends of Kashmir', Member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Attached is a photograph of Liz with Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, the Prime Minister of Kashmir during their meeting in Brussels.