Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (63, 64, 65, 66)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

63. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the recent decision by India to revoke the autonomy of Kashmir; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38294/19]

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Niall Collins

Ceist:

64. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on reports that all communication including Internet and mobile phones have been cut off in Kashmir; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38295/19]

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Niall Collins

Ceist:

65. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the steps that have been taken at EU and international level to ensure that the fundamental human rights of Kashmiri people are being upheld; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38296/19]

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Niall Collins

Ceist:

66. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the response of the EU to recent developments in Kashmir; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38297/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 63 to 66, inclusive, together.

I am aware of the ongoing situation in Kashmir and my Department is monitoring developments closely. I hope that the situation will be resolved peacefully, and support the EU’s position, which is in favour of direct dialogue between India and Pakistan.

Ireland also supports UN Secretary-General Guterres' call for restraint from all parties, and continues to work within the EU and the UN to address concerns of human rights violations in Kashmir. The EU’s recent statement at the UN Human Rights Council, which Ireland supports, encouraged the Indian Government to continue to lift remaining restrictions and to maintain the constitutional rights and freedoms of the affected population.

Officials in my Department, including in our Embassies in India and Ankara (which is accredited to Pakistan), will continue to monitor the situation.

Question No. 67 answered with Question No. 61.