Published on September 7th, 2011 | by ksc
Norwegian parliament reacts to Kashmir mass graves discovery
Oslo: Norwegian parliament has raised the issue of existence of unidentified mass graves in Kashmir and vowed that Norway will continue to monitor developments as the challenges of the human rights situation in Kashmir develops.
In this regard Norwegian Foreign Minister Mr. Jonas Ghar Støre has called upon the state chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, to create a special commission for truth and reconciliation.
Mr. Jonas Ghar Store made these remarks while responding to a parliamentary question on how can Norway follow up on this report, including within the UN system, to ensure that possible crimes against humanity that lie behind these findings are investigated and prosecuted?
Senior leader of Christian Democratic Party Mr Dagfinn Høybråten who is also the member of All Party Norwegian Parliamentary Group on Kashmir raised this question in the parliament during a session on Wednesday.
Mr. Jonas Ghar Store said that the report’s findings are disheartening reading, though it is encouraging that this work has been completed and the results made available.
He said that the report exposes the difficult conditions investigators struggled with and indicates that the government (of India) is now willing to take the responsibility that we had, in general, emphasized during the parliamentary debate last year.