Irish Peace Process Can ‘Inspire’ J&K Settlement: Omar

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SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah believes that Britain’s Northern Ireland peace process and devolution in Scotland could “inspire” a future settlement in Kashmir. 

The state is landlocked and lacks natural resources, Omar said in an interview to the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, underlining why it can never be fully independent.

But the peace process in Northern Ireland and the devolution in Scotland could “inspire” a future settlement in which “sovereignty is not threatened but you recognise the nationalist sentiment that exists and you evolve that,” he is quoted as saying. 

Omar was referring to a deal in Northern Ireland in 1998 which led to a power-sharing government after prolong violence and the devolution in Scotland under which Britain created a Scottish Parliament with powers to make laws on a range of issues. 

Omar in a separate interview said the flare-up at the LOC was apparently an attempt by Pakistan to internationalise the Kashmir issue, as the ceasefire violations “coincided” with premier Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the US, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Monday. 

PTI quoted Omar as saying that as soon as the visit was over the ceasefire has suddenly been restored. 

“The flare up coincided when Nawaz Sharif was going to the United States. As soon as the visit was over, the ceasefire has suddenly been restored. 

“It seems that it apparently was an attempt to internationalise the Kashmir issue. When they realised that it has failed, the situation came back to normal,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. 

The Chief Minister said it was not possible for him to immediately understand why the recent flare up along the borders in the state took place. 

“We are hopeful that the ceasefire along the Line of Control and international border (in Jammu and Kashmir) will hold and peace prevails,” Omar said. Agencies

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