NORWAY: The Norwegian Parliament debated the Jammu and Kashmir dispute on an Adjournment Motion tabled by Mr. Knut Arild Hareide, the leader of the Christian Democratic Party (KrF).
Mr. Hareide lamented the gross human rights violations by India in occupied Kashmir. He expressed his concern and showed surprise on how a democracy like India could impose curbs on freedom of expression including the social media. He called for a Norwegian role in pushing India to come to the negotiating table to resolve the long festering dispute in a peaceful manner which, otherwise has the potential to escalate dangerously.
Norwegian Foreign Minister, Borge Brende, while replying to the Motion, also emphasized the need for a dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve the issue amicably.
Various other members of the Norwegian Parliament also spoke and reiterated the need for a peaceful settlement of the dispute.