07 April 2022 14:16 STI

Brussels [Belgium]April 7 (ANI): The European Union said on Wednesday (local time) that it is monitoring human rights abuses in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
In response to Jamil Maqsood’s February 22 letter, Central Secretary of the United Kashmir National People’s Party (UKPNP) Foreign Affairs Committee, Deren Derya, Deputy Head of the European Union Division, said that the EU is monitoring the situation closely.
Maqsood had expressed his concerns about the human rights situation in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
The letter was based on a written statement, which was provided by the Center for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The statement describes serious human rights violations in both regions.
“The EU is following the situation closely. We believe in a peaceful and mutually agreed political solution between India and Pakistan which respects the interests of the Kashmiri people of PoK,” Derya wrote.
In accordance with the report’s recommendations, both parties are obligated to protect the life, liberty and property of all citizens. Violations and abuses of human rights require an impartial, independent, prompt and transparent investigation, in accordance with international law.
The EU insisted that all international obligations must be preserved.
Finally, during the 7th EU-Pakistan Political Dialogue and the 6th EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue in December 2021, we raised our concerns about the situation in the region to the Pakistani leadership and we will continue to do so, Derya said.
Taking note of recent positive developments, such as the reaffirmation of the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement in February 2021 and related statements expressing the readiness of India and Pakistan to resolve outstanding issues through dialogue, she said, “We hope that this positive momentum will be capitalized on, creating new momentum in Pakistan-India relations.”
However, she informed Maqsood that the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell Fontelles will not be able to meet him due to other professional obligations. (ANI)