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France Says Kashmir Is a Bilateral Issue, Urges Restraint

BP World Bureau | Aug 21 2019 05:51:03 PM

Amid worsening situation over Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, French authority has urged Pakistan to restrain and asked to take measures to establish lasting peace with India.

France's Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and reiterated its stand that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.

According to a French ministry spokesperson, Jean-Yves Le Drian simply recalled France's position on the matter. He said that it is up to the two countries, under the framework of their bilateral political dialogue to resolve the unrest and establish lasting peace".

The French minister called for both parties for restraint, de-escalation, and easing the situation. “It is essential to abstain from any measure likely to aggravate tensions," he added.

France's statement comes as a disappointment to Pakistan that has tried to internationalise the dispute over the recent abrogation of article 370 which ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The attempts were snubbed by the United Nations Security Council, the United States, and Russia.

Also read: UN Chief Urges India And Pakistan To Exercise Maximum Restraint On Kashmir Issue

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told ARY News TV that Pakistan will approach the International Court of Justice over the abrogation of 370. “A decision has been taken to take the issue of Kashmir to the International Court of Justice," he said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had previously said that he will raise the Kashmir issue at every forum and take it to the International Court of Justice.

Islamabad will be filing the case on the basis of the alleged violation of human rights in Kashmir. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting said that Pakistan will hire lawyers of international repute to pursue the case.