Have no position on Kashmir issue: Arab League
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Last Updated: Monday, May 16, 2011, 19:14
  
Srinagar: Three days after the European Union delegation distanced itself from the resolution of Kashmir issue, the Arab League on Monday said it has "no position" vis-à-vis the issue.

"League of Arab States has no position on the specific question of Jammu and Kashmir...we look forward for peaceful coexistence, tolerance and dialogue among different civilisations," Arab League Ambassador to India Ahmed Salem al Wahishi told reporters on the sidelines of a conference here.

Wahishi refused to elaborate on his statement.

The Arab League ambassador's statement comes three days after a European Union delegation led by the Union's Ambassador to India Danielle Smajda said the Kashmir issue has to be resolved by the people living in the region themselves.

Wahishi said the Arab League was wanted peace in West Asia and the entire continent.

"We want peace to last in West Asia, in South Asia and in whole of the continent," he said.

Earlier speaking at the "Peace Conference" organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Peace Foundation, Wahishi called for an end to the Israeli "occupation" of Arab territories and supported the call for Palestinian freedom.

"We also took this opportunity to express our thanks to the Indian government for their principled position in efforts for justice and peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative for Palestinian independence and two-state solution," Wahishi said.

In his speech, the Ambassador said Kashmir is the "most preferred tourist place in the world”.

"It is a real paradise," he said adding "the state of Jammu and Kashmir has passed through the violent situation of confusion and hatred for the last 20 years. We follow these sad events."

PTI


First Published: Monday, May 16, 2011, 19:14


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