Canada wants a peaceful solution of the Kashmir issue

January 2nd, 2008 - 9:44 am ICT by admin  

Toronto, January 2nd, 2007: Canada takes the issue of a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue very seriously and its views on human rights situation there are conveyed to the proper authorities regularly, says Canada’s Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier.

The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minster of Foreign Affairs in a letter thanked Mr. Mushtaq A. Jeelani, Executive Director of the Kashmiri-Canadian Council (KCC), for his letter to the Prime Minister regarding the unresolved Kashmir issue and intensification of systematic human rights violations against civilians in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

Minister Bernier says: “…Canada takes the issue of a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir very seriously and continues to encourage the governments of India and Pakistan to move forward with the ongoing Composite Dialogue process.” He added, “Canada also engages in dialogue with like-minded partners to promote sustainable peace in South Asia, including with the members of the G8.

Minister writes: “In your [KCC’s] letter, you [Mr. Jeelani] also asked that Canada and other G8 members put pressure on India to end human rights violations by its security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The High Commission Canada to India, in New Delhi regularly holds consultations with national and state-level human rights commissions to raise issues such as these.

Honourable Bernier concludes with assurance that Canada on a regular basis expresses its concerns about widespread human rights abuses in Kashmir to India: “I can assure you that Canada’s views on such matters are conveyed to the proper authorities.”

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