US Urges India To Ease Restrictions In Jammu & Kashmir

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Alice Wells On J&K
The United States on Thursday said that it wanted India to ease restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. “We hope to see rapid action – the lifting of the restrictions and the release of those who have been detained,” said Alice Wells, the acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, as she addressed the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Wells said the US was concerned by “widespread detentions” in the Valley. “We look forward to the Indian government’s resumption of political engagement with local leaders and the scheduling of the promised elections at the earliest opportunity,” she added.

New Delhi imposed a communication blackout in the valley on 5th August 2019 after it revoked Article 370 which gave the state its special status. The state of Jammu & Kashmir was then split into two Union Territories. 

Wells said the US President Donald Trump has a strong relationship with the leaders of both India and Pakistan and was “willing to mediate if asked by both parties”. “The world would benefit from reduced tensions and increased dialogue between the two countries,” she added.

However, New Delhi has time and time again reiterated that Kashmir is an internal matter and no foreign intervention is required. 

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