Thursday, November 26, 2009

EU team meets separatist Kashmir leaders in Srinagar

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    • Srinagar
    • A five-member European Union (EU) delegation that arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to assess the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, met various separatist leaders on Tuesday.


      Led by Sweden Ambassador to India, Lars Olof Lindgren, the team included Belgian Ambassador Jean M. Deboutte, Spanish Ambassador Ion de la Riva, Second Secretary (Political Affairs) in the Swedish embassy Oscar Schlyter and EU Ambassador Danielle. They discussed issues relating to human rights violation in the state.


      The delegation met Mohammed Yasin Malik, the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

    • The delegation also met with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chairman of the separatist All Parties Hurriyat (freedom) conference.


      Lord Olof Lindgren, the head of the European Union delegation, said they were concerned about the human rights violation in Kashmir. "Well, there are a lot of human rights issue that we are looking into. I cannot go into the details of those but those are of concern to the European Union and we discussed them with the Indian government and we have met the Human Rights Commissioner in the state. So we will follow these things with interest like we follow the situation in all parts of India," added Lord Olof Lindgren.