Oslo, January 11 (KMS): The Executive Director of Kashmiri Scandinavian Council (KSC), Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan, has hailed Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, for raising the Kashmir dispute during her official visit to India.

Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan in a statement issued in Srinagar said Norwegian Prime Minister’s interest to help resolve the Kashmir issue is a significant and commendable development. He said Norway has long experience of mediation in the bloody and intractable conflicts in Colombia, Sri Lanka and Palestine. It is a neutral country which can play a role in de-escalating tensions between India and Pakistan leading to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, he added.

He welcomed Norwegian PM’s approach towards mediation where she emphasized the need for involving all stakeholders including Kashmiri resistance leadership in a structured peace process.

Sardar Ali Khan stated that Prime Minister, Erna Solberg is absolutely right in saying that there is no military solution for the disputes like Kashmir and she rightly hinted that without the participation of women, youth and peace negotiators, both countries can’t find a solution of this long-standing dispute.

He said Norwegian Prime Minister’s Kashmir remarks during her recent visit to India reflect the official stance of the government of Norway. He pointed out that Norway has always played a key role in internationalizing the Kashmir dispute and has supported its peaceful settlement overseeing several debates and discussions on the dispute in the Norwegian Parliament.

He also welcomed former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Mangne Bondevik’s recent visit to occupied Kashmir where he held a meeting with the Joint Resistance Leadership. He appealed the Indian leadership to accept the mediation offer and lift the travel restrictions imposed on the Hurriyat leaders so that they could go abroad and meet the world leaders to further the peace initiatives.

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