Labour Party Says Kashmir Position Remains Unchanged


Labour leader Keir Starmer – File Pic

Support, Recognise UN Resolutions: Starmer

Srinagar: Britain’s Labour Party has said that its position on Kashmir remains unchanged and the party supports and recognises resolutions passed by the United Nations over the vexed issue between the two nuclear armed nations.

“Our position on Kashmir has not changed, we support and recognise previous UN resolutions on the rights of the Kashmiri people but maintain that if we are to find a lasting settlement, to end this conflict, that can only be achieved if India and Pakistan working together, with the people of Kashmir,” Labour leader Keir Starmer wrote Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which sought a clarification from him, according to a report published by Hindustan Times.

Starmer, according to the report, added in the letter to MCB: “As I outlined in my leadership campaign, my approach to international relations will be to always promote peace and put human rights first.”

“I will also ensure that (shadow foreign secretary) Lisa Nandy follows up on this correspondence and reached out to you to discuss how we can ensure the voices of our Kashmiri communities contribute to Labour’s policy making processes”, he added.

The HT report further says that Starmer’s remarks came after he met party MPs and others, particularly those of Pakistan origin last week, who protested against his view that the dispute was a matter for India and Pakistan to resolve, and that he intended to focus on building “even stronger business links with India”.

In his first meeting with the Labour Friends of India (LFI) group on April 30, Starmer had said Kashmir was “a bilateral issue for India and Pakistan to resolve peacefully. He had also said that the issues of the sub-continent should not be allowed to divide communities in United Kingdom.

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