Thursday, November 26, 2009

Kashmir Communique in the Washington Times

Washington, D.C. Nov 25: Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council referred to a communiqu頴hat was published in the Washington Times on page 3 yesterday that says “that the United States paved the way for freedom around the world and the United States can help the people of Kashmir achieve peace, freedom and self-determination.

“That the Kashmir is recognized by the United Nations as a disputed territory whose status is yet to be determined by its people.” “That Kashmir is the most dangerous place in the world. (President Bill Clinton)” “That Kashmir is the world’s most beautiful prison. (European Parliamentary delegation)” “That Kashmir is the largest military concentration anywhere in the world. (International Educational Development)”

The communiqu頡lso reads, “Now is the time for President Obama to listen to Candidate Obama who said on: September 25, 2008, “I will continue support of ongoing Indian Pakistani efforts to resolve Kashmir problem in order to address the political roots of the arms race between India and Pakistan.” October 23, 2008, “Working with Pakistan and India to try to resolve, and Kashmir, crisis in a serious way. Those are all critical tasks for the next administration. Kashmir in particular is an interesting situation where that is obviously a potential tar pit diplomatically. But, for us to devote serious diplomatic resources to get a special envoy in there, to figure out a plausible approach, and essentially make the argument to the Indians, you guys are on the brink of being an economic superpower, why do you want to keep on messing with this?” October 30, 2008, “We should probably try to facilitate a better understanding between Pakistan and India and try to resolve the Kashmir crisis.”

The communiqu頥mphasized, “That the unresolved Kashmir dispute is a rebuke to the international community for its inaction.”

The communiqu頣oncluded “that the people of Kashmir demand what was pledged to them by both India and Pakistan and guaranteed by the Security Council, with the unequivocal endorsement of the United States, namely demilitarization of Kashmir and a free vote organized impartially to ascertain popular will.”

Dr. Fai said that no international dispute is ever free from complexities and Kashmir dispute is no exception. But conscience does not let itself be distracted by them and statesmanship devoted to peace reaches and grasps the human core of s dispute.

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