Azad briefs EU delegation on J&K situation

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Jammu, Sep 26 (UNI) A four-member European Union delegation, led by Portuguese Ambassador Louis Filipe Castro Mendes , called on Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here last evening and discussed the prevailing scenario, both political and developmental, in the state, official sources today said.

The chief minister briefed the EU delegates on the multi-pronged strategy adopted by the Centre and the state government to simultaneously address political, economic and social issues along with the India-Pakistan peace process.

Besides, Mr Mendes,the delegation included Miklavz Borstnik, Charge de'Affairs, embassay of Slovenia, Jose Manuel Castro Santiago, deputy head of mission, embassy of Portugal and Bruce Bourdon, political counsellor, embassy of France.

''While on one hand dialogue and reconciliation process was initiated with Pakistan, various groups and political parties including separatist groups within the state were also engaged in discussion at round table conferences,'' Mr Azad said.

The chief minister informed the delegation that the process of dialogue with Pakistan had slowed down due to the internal situation of the neighbouring country and hoped that the process would be restarted soon.

So far as India was concerned everything was in line including the visit of prime minister and the foreign minister to Pakistan.

However, owing to the prevailing situation in Pakistan the dialogue process has suffered a setback, he said.

The CM also briefed the delegation on the improving human rights situation.

No custodial disappearance has been reported this year as the government has made it clear that human rights violations would not be tolerated, Mr Azad asserted.

UNI

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