German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on a visit to India, raised the Kashmir issue during her talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday evening, and conveyed that the “situation for the people in Kashmir is unsustainable and not good.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on November 1 expressed concern for the people of Kashmir and said that the lockdown of the region cannot be supported for long.
“The situation now for the people (in Kashmir) is not good and not sustainable. This has to be improved for sure,” said Ms Merkel to a group of German journalists who travelled to Delhi for the visit.
The comments by the German Chancellor come amidst concerns expressed by some foreign lawmakers, including from the US, over restrictions imposed by the government post abrogation of Article 370 to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in August.
The United Nations on Tuesday once again urged the Indian authorities to unlock the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been in lockdown ever since it was stripped of its special status on August 5.
In a tweet on its official account, the international body expressed concerns over the current state of affairs in the valley, saying its population had been “deprived of human rights.”