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Foreign Office makes statement as violence in Kashmir continues

7 March 2019 (updated on 7 March 2019)

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In the past few weeks, tension has increased in the historically contested Kashmir region, after terror attacks sparked retaliatory action by both the Indian and Pakistani governments. 

In a statement to the Commons, the Foreign Office Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field, said;

"We encourage both countries, but also our friends, particularly here on these shores, to find diplomatic solutions to the underlying cause of conflict between them. Members should be assured that the UK has worked and continues to work tirelessly through all diplomatic channels to encourage further de-escalation, but also to ensure longer term regional stability" 

In response, Liz McInnes said:

"Both sides have a responsibility to dial down the rhetoric, to de-escalate the tension, and avoid taking any further military action, whether in the air or on the ground that could inflame the situation." 

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