UK urged not to back India’s UN seat bid till Kashmir settlement

London, February 11, 2016 (PPI-OT): Speakers at a seminar in London have called upon the United Kingdom to stop supporting India’s bid for a permanent seat at the UN until New Delhi agrees to end human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and settles the Kashmir dispute as per the UN resolutions. The event was organized by Third World Solidarity for All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) in the House of Commons, the Lower House of British Parliament, to discuss the Kashmir dispute.

Lord Qurban Hussain, the member of the House of Lords, addressing the event said, “India is looking for a permanent seat in the United Nations. Every one of us should keep reminding the British government that until India implements the UN resolutions on Kashmir, it must not support India.” He called for finding out any solution to the Kashmir dispute within the ambit of the UN resolutions.

In his speech Lord Nazir Ahmed, another member of the British House of Lords, said that it was an obligation of the international community to settle the Kashmir dispute. He said that the organizations like OIC and Arab League did not actively support the Kashmir cause.

“Sadly, nothing is delivered. At the UN, Kashmir used to be discussed but that’s stopped now. The relations between India and the UK are based on business, that’s why UK and US don’t want to debate Kashmir,” he said. “It’s good we talk about Wales, Scotland, south Sudan but nobody talks about Kashmir because India is too big and strong,” he said, sarcastically.

The APPGs are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for members of the Commons and Lords, though many involve individuals and organizations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.

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